Predators 6, Wild 5

Notes:

  • An intense first period saw five goals. The Preds got their customary “first goal allowed” out of the way early and managed to tie it back up minutes later on a beautiful Calle Jarnkrok dangle. After a strong back-and-forth throughout the period, Nashville carried a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
  • During the extended powerplay that resulted from Mike Fisher picking up two hooking penalties on one play (effectively acting as a double minor), the Wild were awarded a baffling goal by Toronto. During the review of a mad scuffle in front of the net it was somehow determined that the puck had crossed the goal line, despite a complete lack of evidence in the television broadcast. The initial call on the ice was “no goal” and how the NHL determined with conclusive evidence that the puck went in (and/or why they declined to share the proper camera angle) is completely beyond me.
  • As if there were any doubt, Roman Josi proved he’s been taking  pages from linemate Shea Weber’s notebook with a huge slapshot goal in the third.
  • This was Olli Jokinen’s 1200th NHL game, and he’s only missed 19 games since 1999.
  • Pekka looked a little rusty tonight, allowing five goals on 27 shots, which will undoubtedly fuel further discussions about the fact that Carter Hutton has played just three games all year. Despite a 5-3 Nashville lead halfway through the third, the Wild were able to tie it up with 48 seconds left to send the game into overtime, but Matthias Ekholm quickly scored his first goal of the season to steal the W for the Preds.

The Preds are up against back-to-back 6 o’clock road games, taking on the Blue Jackets Monday and the Bruins on Tuesday.

 

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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