Saturday, March 26, 2011

Preds Complete Sweep of Important Week; Defeat Dallas

The Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars on Saturday night by a 4-2 score to complete a sweep of the most important regular season week in franchise history.

Nashville got two goals apiece from Mike Fisher and David Legwand and Pekka Rinne was great in goal once again. Dallas would strike first, however, when Alex Goligoski put one past Rinne on the power-play. The Predators would respond when Legwand put home the rebound of a Martin Erat wrap-around attempt.

In the 2nd period, the Preds would take the lead when Fisher blasted a one-timer past Kari Lehtonen to put them up 2-1. Dallas would respond less than two minutes later when Brenden Morrow scored on a fluke goal. The puck flew up and went in the net off of Rinne's back. That's three fluke goals against Rinne in a two game span. Fisher would give the Predators the lead again at 9:57 of the period when he scored a beautiful backhand goal off of the rebound.

In the final frame, the Preds would overcome a series of terrible calls by the referee to hang on for the victory. Legwand would add an empty netter to ice the game away. With the win, the Preds find themselves in good position with 92 points and a 6th place position in the Western Conference. They have given themselves a slight cushion going into the final six games, but are still going to need to keep winning games.

Nashville has six games remaining, and are probably going to have to win three of those to secure a playoff berth. While it's obvious that this week was huge for the Predators, their work is far from over. They have a big test awaiting them against Vancouver on Tuesday night.

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