Predators 3, Stars 2

Notes:

  • Nashville came out strong in the first period, setting the pace and controlling the puck well. Shea Weber put the Preds up first with a huge slapshot from the blue line. Roman Josi picked up his 100th career point with an assist on the play.
  • The second period was more back-and-forth with good chances for both teams. Down 2-1, the Stars put together a volley to close out the period and squeezed one past Pekka Rinne with two seconds left to deflate the crowd and tie it up going into the locker room.
  • The Stars kept the pressure up for the beginning of the third, but the Predators were able to take back the momentum toward the finish. Filip Forsberg netted what would have been the winning goal with just a few minutes left, but what was initially called a goal on the ice was disallowed after review due to Craig Smith being on top of Kari Lehtonen. Replays showed that Smith was clearly crosschecked into the goalie, but the refs reversed their call after a chat. Fortunately, Weber rolled one over Lehtonen’s shoulder just 17 seconds into overtime to take the W for the Preds.
  • With James Neal and Eric Nystrom placed on IR, Miikka Salomaki was called up from Milwaukee for his first NHL game. The Finnish forward proved he deserves the gold sweater in his very first NHL game with some impressive play and a great breakaway goal.
  • In addition to his two goals, Captain Shea Weber also blocked a sure goal with an impressive kick save when Rinne was caught out of net. Someone get that man a trophy already.
  • Unfortunately, Ryan Ellis left the game with a lower body injury and did not return. Replay didn’t reveal much but he was hobbling pretty badly going into the locker room. Hopefully he’ll heal up quickly.
  • The Preds are tied with Anaheim for first place in the NHL with two games in hand. They’re now four points ahead of Chicago for the division.

The Preds take on another division rival when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild Saturday at 1:00 pm.

About Evan Lewis

Evan is a native Memphian who drinks bourbon and works in advertising by day and drinks bourbon and watches hockey by night. He does not have a legitimate opinion on whether fighting should be allowed in hockey but knows that he thoroughly enjoys it.

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