Wednesday, February 13, 2013

0 Preds Blank Sharks in OT, Rinne Gets Second SO

By Justin Koehn


The Predators kept the spark alive last night against San Jose, with Colin Wilson nailing the game winner in overtime. This came after an overtime loss on Saturday against Minnesota and a 3-0 loss against Chicago on Sunday. Rinne turned away all 25 shots he faced and earned his second shutout of the season. 

Through all three periods, both teams fought hard on both ends of the ice. The first period came and went, with only one penalty being handed out. It was during the second period things were starting to look pretty bad as Nashville couldn't stay out of the box. Martin Erat alone got a high sticking four minute major at 1:48, holding the stick at 6:31, and hooking at 11:05. That is eight minutes the Predators second highest goal scorer this season sat on the sidelines waiting to return to the action. Nick Spaling and Colin Wilson also took two minutes each for hi sticking and tripping. San Jose had a total of four minutes of penalties during the second. Somehow the Preds were able to kill off each of the power plays and stay alive going into the third period. 

Watching the pace of the third pretty much wrote OT in the books from the start, with some amazing scoring chances on both ends, but nothing going though. Nashville had 10 SOG in the third compared to the Sharks three. This one was going to overtime. Hey at least we will get a point right? It was shortly after the start of the overtime that Colin Wilson rose to the occasion and buried a nice tip at 2:08. He was assisted by Ryan Ellis and David Legwand. Watching the video below, you can see how close this was from going on the other side of the upright. It was a good heads up play being int he right place at the right time.


So far in February, the Predators have a nice record going with 4-1-1. They are 6-3-4 on the season, placing them in the fifth slot in the Western Conference. Even with a positive record, they are still in the need for a goal scorer. We have world class net minding with Rinne, but if they play a team that knows how to work around the defense, there is only so much Rinne can do to keep the Predators alive.

Nashville will play the Phoenix Coyotes at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m. central. The Predators dropped a 0-4 loss against them on Jan. 28, This was against a Nashville team that looks completely different now than they did a few short weeks ago.


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