Monday, November 28, 2011

Nashville finally solves Edmonton; Win first half of back-to-back

The Nashville Predators needed a win going into Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers. They had lost four games in a row, and had been severely out-played in each of those four games. Nashville wasn't about to let that streak continue, however.

The Predators got the 2-1 victory over the Oilers in the first half of a back-to-back set. Anders Lindback got his second start of the season, and made 17 saves on 18 shots. Nashville had 31 shots in the game.

Edmonton took the early lead when Jordan Eberle was able to fire a wrist shot past Lindback on a great second-effort play. Eberle's original shot was blocked, but he stuck with it and was able to beat Lindback on the glove side. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a phenomenal play to find Eberle with the puck. Edmonton took a 1-0 lead into the second period.

In what turned out to be a wild period, the Predators would tie the game at one when Shea Weber took the puck on the rush from Ryan Suter and fired a quick wrist shot past Nikolai Khabibulin. Blake Geoffrion took a hit from Ryan Jones in the period, and did not come back on the ice for the remainder of the game.

Nashville would get the game-winning goal in the third period when Nick Spaling converted on a great tic-tac-toe play from Jordin Tootoo and Craig Smith. Edmonton would provide late pressure on Lindback, but Nashville was able to hold on for their first victory in five games.

Pekka Rinne will most likely start Tuesday night's game in Calgary. Rinne earned his first shutout of the season against the Flames in the prior trip to Western Canada, and he'll be aiming for a similar result this time around.

With the victory, the Predators improve to 11-8-4 on the season, which is good for 26 points.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Nick Spaling(NSH)
2. Shea Weber(NSH)
3. Anders Lindback(NSH)

Official 3 Stars:
1. Ryan Suter(NSH)
2. Nikolai Khabibulin(EDM)
3. Jordin Tootoo(NSH)

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