Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rinne Stands on Head; Preds Still Fall to Sharks

The Predators have had Pekka Rinne to thank for most of the year for giving them a chance to win. Tonight, Rinne did it again but even a 48 save effort wasn't good enough. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators in overtime by a 2-1 score.

Cody Franson got the scoring started. Steve Sullivan made a great cross-ice pass on the powerplay that Franson finished off to give the Preds a 1-0 lead. That's as good as the Predators offense got. Martin Erat hit the post on a wide open net, and Steve Sullivan failed to score on a breakaway(Of course, that's not really a surprise. If you'll notice, Steve Sullivan will always make a move and then shoot the puck on his forehand side. I've figured it out. So has every single goalie in the league).

Devin Setoguchi ripped a puck past Pekka Rinne in the 2nd period, which tied the game at 1-1. The game would stay that way until overtime when Patrick Marleau scored on a breakaway. Marcel Goc made a pretty harmless turnover but the two defensemen were too far up on the play, which allowed Marleau to coast uncontested. He literally had time to skate by the bench and grab a drink of water if he wanted to, and he still would have been all alone.

Overall, I guess you can be glad the Predators got a point out of this game. The Sharks had 50 shots on goal. Pekka Rinne was absolutely phenomenal tonight. Everybody else, except one player, didn't have their greatest game. I'm going to shock some of you and give some credit to Kevin Klein. He played a very strong game tonight. He was aware of where the puck was all the time, and was in great position all night. He was sent to the locker room late in the game, but is not injured by accounts from the locker room. So, in all honesty, who really knows whether he's injured or not? We'll find out on Thursday when the Preds take on the Vancouver Canucks.

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