The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night by a score of 2-1 at Rogers Arena. The Preds finished the 6-game road trip with a 3-3 record. This game was favoring the Preds for the first two periods, and the first half of the third period. Then it fell apart.
Two mistakes cost the Preds two goals. On the first goal, the Preds had three players who were unable to clear the zone and Alex Burrows made them pay to tie the game at one. Minutes later, Joel Ward lost control of the puck in his own zone and that led to another goal by Vancouver, which proved to be enough.
Pekka Rinne played an amazing game. He was sharp and I'm sure he is extremely frustrated by this loss. A part of me is extremely frustrated with the loss as well, but I'm calmed by the fact that we're going into the All-Star break in 4th place. Having said that, Joel Ward has to pick up his game. He just hasn't been very good this year. He's making stupid mistakes that he normally doesn't make.
Shea Weber scored the lone goal for Nashville. His dad was in attendance and I'm sure that Shea wanted to score pretty badly. Their family had a rough summer when Shea's mother lost her battle with cancer. I'm sure it was really nice for Shea to score for his father. It was a heart-warming moment for me in a game that was really intense and chippy.
Vancouver is a dirty team. Several elbows were thrown at Pekka Rinne, and Joel Ward's face was jabbed with a stick repeatedly by Ballard. It's always going to be chippy when these two teams meet.
The Preds are off until Tuesday due to the All-Star break, and they really need the break. For one thing, they need to recover from the long road trip they've just been on. Also, the layoff might give a few players some time to heal and get back in the lineup.
Tomorrow, Phillip and I will have our report card for the team's play so far this year. We'll also discuss injuries and what this team might actually be capable of if they ever get fully healthy. See you all then!