There is one word that is tossed around all the time about the Nashville Predators: resiliency. Nashville showed it once again on Saturday night.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi Finals by a 4-3 score. This was Nashville's first ever victory in a game in which they could have been eliminated.
David Legwand got the scoring started for the Predators. He took off on a breakaway while shorthanded and put one past Roberto Luongo to put the Preds up 1-0. Shortly after, Raffi Torres scored for the Canucks to tie the game at one. Ryan Kesler would keep up his scoring pace when he put one past Pekka Rinne on the rush. Vancouver had the 2-1 lead after one period of play.
In the 2nd, the Preds would tie the game on a lucky play. Legwand had the puck behind the net and flipped it over the head of Luongo. Alexander Edler proceeded to actually knock the puck into his own net.
Joel Ward went to work in the 3rd period for the Preds. Early in the 3rd, Mike Fisher brought the puck down and made a beautiful slap-pass to Ward for the one-timer goal. Ward wasn't done, however, and he put the Predators up 4-2 when he found the puck in front of the net and wristed it past Luongo at 5:45 of the 3rd period.
Kesler would tally again for the Canucks on the power-play to cut the lead in half, but that was all she wrote.
Thoughts from tonight's game:
Great turnout at the Cellblock 303 viewing party at Brewhouse South in Franklin.
David Legwand and Joel Ward had masterful games for the Preds. Ward is tied for the league lead in postseason goals with 7.
The Preds have now gotten themselves back in this series. A win in Game 6 on Monday night would force a Game 7, where anything can happen.