Wednesday, January 23, 2013

0 Predators Tame The Wild, Win 3-1


By Justin Koehn

The Predators tallied their first win of the season last night in Minnesota against former teammate Ryan Suter. As the last two games were, everyone seemed to be off to a rocky start flailing around like Evgeni Plushenko on grandpa's cough medicine. It didn't take long for everything to fall into place as points started hitting the scoreboard. Dany Heatley scored first at 6:02 of the first assisted by Parise and Stoner. Nick Spaling followed up at 16:31 with assists from Klein and Yip to tie the game. The second period had no scoring whatsoever, yet it was just as exciting as the first. It was in the third period that the Predators sealed the deal. The Chuck Norris of the Predators, Martin Erat scored on a breakaway goal that was most beautifully given away as Backstrom exited his assigned seat and let Erat pass him to the goal. Who assisted this goal? No one. Chuck Norris doesn't need assistance.


The final goal of the game was scored on the power play by David Legwand at 19:42 of the third after a slashing call against Bouchard. This was the nail in the coffin as time was about to expire and took away any chance of Minnesota tying it up to force overtime. Chris Mason was in net for Nashville last night and looked absolutely amazing, taking on 30 shots and allowing only one. That's on the brink of Beast Mode.

With this win, Nashville now sits at four points along with St. Louis, with only Chicago ahead of them with six. Columbus holds three points, and the Red Wings are sitting lonely in the bottom slot of the Central with two.

Nashville continues on their away journey with a stop in St. Louis Thursday night. Hopefully they can end this one with a win in regulation and move ahead of The Blues in the standings.


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