Sunday, January 20, 2013

0 Preds drop opener in OT

By Justin Koehn    

After many months of no hockey, the Predators opened the shortened season to a sold out crowd at Bridgestone Arena. In front of a crowd of 17,113 cheering fans and countless others watching from their couch, our home team hit the ice ready to play, but fell short as the Columbus Blue Jackets were able to stun the home team with a 3-2 shootout win. The Predators came out early with a nice Erat wrister (video above via NHL.com) less than a minute after the game started. 

This was a great way to get things going, but after a Preds penalty Foligno of Columbus was able to tie it up at 16:08 in the first period. 

Less than two minutes later Ryan Ellis answered with a beautiful backhander on the power play and gave Nashville the lead again. 

Going into the second period, Nashville was able to hold off the Blue Jackets until Artem Anisimov was able to tie it up with a backhand shot at 12:05. This score really seemed to have given Columbus the momentum they needed both offensively and defensively to keep Nashville at bay through the rest of regulation. The 5 minute overtime period started and ended with only a total of 3 shots on goal from both teams, so this one was going to a shootout. 

In the end, Columbus goalie Bobrovsky was able to stone the Predators shooters and keep the W on the Blue Jackets column. The Predators will take a point in this matchup, while Columbus gets two. That's right, Columbus is ahead of Nashville. I know it is only the first game but I do not like being behind Columbus. They finished last in the entire league last year getting only 65 points. Nashville finished at 104. With the loss of their powerhouse Rick Nash, I was sure this would be an easy win, but in the world of hockey no win is ever an easy win as was shown last night. 

The Predators will play at home again on Monday night to take on the St. Louis Blues who were the only team to finish ahead of Nashville in the Central division last year. Lets hope the Predators are ready to hit the ice skating and scoring as this should be a great game.

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