Predators 4, Kings 3

Notes:

  • Although you wouldn’t know it from the score, the Predators mostly dominated the first period, putting up relentless back-to-back shifts and outshooting the Kings 12-7. Jamie McBain squeezed a goal in for the Kings and a delay of game penalty against Shea Weber allowed them an opportunity to catch up in the shot count, but the Preds outshot LA 9-2 at even strength and carried the momentum into the locker room.
  • Unfortunately, a beautiful breakout pass from Jeff Carter allowed Marian Gaborik a breakaway goal just a minute into the second for the Kings lead. The rest of the period was back and forth until Nashville netted two goals in the closing minutes to once again carry the momentum into the intermission with a 3-2 lead.
  • The third period started in a familiar fashion, with Drew Doughty scoring an unassisted coast-to-coast goal in the first minute for the Kings. The rest of the period was a high-octane shootout with both teams getting several good chances, including two late unsuccessful powerplays for the Kings.
  • Filip Forsberg dangled the Kings D hard in overtime and rocketed a shot off the pipe. James Neal followed that up a minute later with a wrister that rolled over the goalie’s shoulder and slid just inches from the taking the win, and Shea Weber pinged yet another shot off the pipe on the powerplay in the final minute. Despite some huge chances, the Kings were able to hold on to take it to the shootout, where James Neal scored the lone goal after six rounds for the win.
  • The Predators once again failed to net a goal on their three man-advantage chances, but there’s no denying that the powerplay unit is improving. Puck possession, shots on goal and general energy are all up from where they were at the start of the season, and Shea Weber is starting to see more opportunities for his ridiculous slap shot.
  • Paul Gaustad deserves some serious recognition for his penalty kill effort late in the third, more than a minute of which he played without a stick.
  • With his assist on the third Preds goal, Captain Weber is now the franchise’s all-time leader in assists by a defender with 223.

 

The Preds face the Oilers on home ice Thursday night at 7.

 

 

 

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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