The Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night by a 5-3 score in front of a sold out crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators heavily outshot the Avalanche of the night by a margin of 38 to 18.
The Predators came out of the gate controlling the play, but Colorado was the first team to capitalize. Kevin Porter scored for the Avalanche to give them the lead at 11:05 of the 1st period. However, Shea Weber would diminish that lead 11 seconds later when he put a nice wrist shot on goal from the point and beat Peter Budaj.
Martin Erat got things started off in the 2nd period with a power-play goal that he jammed home. David Jones scored midway through the 2nd period to tie it 2-2. The rest of the period would go without any goals.
In the 3rd period, Pekka Rinne let up a really weak goal to Matt Duchene. Duchene slapped one from the right circle and it beat Rinne. That sort of thing doesn't happen often to the Finnish goalie, but it didn't end up hurting the Preds tonight. Patric Hornqvist would tie it at three with a shot from the slot, and Cody Franson scored the game-winner from the point on a snapshot that trickled past Budaj. David Legwand would add an empty netter that Mike Fisher would assist on to get his first point as a Predator
The Preds played a very strong offensive game tonight but the defense was not there. There were several turnovers tonight and several miscommunications that normally don't happen.
Mike Fisher played a solid game in his debut for the Preds. He was a plus-2, had an assist, got a penalty, and went 12 for 16 in the faceoff dot.
Marcel Goc was a scratch for tonight's game. It's good to see that he wasn't put on the injured list, but I did expect hime to play tonight. All of the indications were that he "wasn't hurt."
Peter Forsberg did not have a good game in his return to Nashville tonight. He took two really stupid penalties and was sloppy.
Pekka Rinne did not have his best game tonight, but the offense was there to bail him out. It's about time he was repaid a little. He bails the offense out all the time.
The crowd was a sellout tonight but was not loud at all until the third period standing ovation. It was really almost depressing for most of the game of how little the crowd was into it. The fans are a big part of the game, whether you know it or not. The standing O was needed to put a little jump into the building. That's 3 times it's been done in the last 5 home games though. I understand the meaning behind it and it was probably necessary for all 3 games, but we run the risk of overdoing it if we continue. Before long, it won't have any significant meaning behind it.
Overall, the Preds did not play their best game but played good enough to get the two points. That's really all that matters, and now they have regained the 4th position on the Western Conference. The Preds will host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.