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The Nashville Predators had their 6-game win streak broken tonight as the Vancouver Canucks came into Nashville and grabbed not only a huge 2 points, but the Western Conference crown, and a series split with the Predators
Powerplay – 0 for 5, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 37 for 250, 14.8%
Penalty Kill – 5 for 5, 100%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 41 for 265, 84.5%
Best Play of the Game: Alex Burrows gets a clean breakaway from Daniel Sedin and buries one of the most important breakaway chances he could ever get to nearly seal the deal for the Vancouver Canucks and absolutely suck the life out of the Nashville Predators fan base after an amazing TV timeout
Worst Play of the Game: Same play, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter pinched a LITTLE too quickly on the play and gave Burrows the time and space he needed to collect the pass from Daniel Sedin and finish off the Predators for the night
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: – Pekka Rinne – 2 goals allowed on 31 chances. Such a tough loss he had to take tonight when he should have gotten the Predators at least a point out of this one. Pekka made some absolutely unbelievable stops in this game, without him the Predators would have easily lost this one by three or more goals
The Bad: – Jon Blum – One could say you could give this award to either Suter or Weber as they were both out there for all three goals against the Predators tonight, however two undisciplined penalties by the rookie put the Predators in a bit of a precarious situation twice tonight. Two times Nashville could have had two extra minutes of five on five time, however two more times they were in the penalty box.
My Preds #1 Star: Pekka Rinne – Without Pekka, this team would be hurting, this team wouldn’t be in the playoff race, and this team would be vying for a top 10 pick in the draft. Pekka Rinne IS the Nashville Predators and it showed again tonight, too bad the outcome wasn’t different
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GAME:
18:15 – Tootoo gets a nifty feed from Nick Spaling and fires a steamer, but no dice as Luongo shuts the door. Gotta shoot somewhere away from his chest…
17:46 – Pekka Rinne hit out of his net by a Canuck forward and no penalty was called, leaving the Predator net COMPLETELY empty. Just lucky Vancouver didn’t convert there. Had some serious luck on that play…
13:09 – Sergei Kostitsyn gets sandwiched between two Canucks players and promptly goes down. Takes a little while to get up and heads straight to the locker room. That would be a huge loss if he doesn’t come back
10:38 – POWERPLAY PREDATORS - Predators get their first powerplay of the game when Victor Oreskovich goes to the box for the Canucks. Nashville is pressing hard here
4:38 – POWERPLAY CANUCKS - Canucks get their first powerplay when Jon Blum goes to the box for high sticking. Let’s see what the #1 powerplay in the league can do
End of the first. Score tied 0-0. Shots on net favor the Predators 10-7
19:14 – POWERPLAY CANUCKS - Fisher to the box for tripping, second powerplay for the Canucks here early in the second
15:40 – POWERPLAY CANUCKS - Predators get another penalty. Too many men on the ice…sheesh…..
10:53 – POWERPLAY PREDATORS - Predators get their second powerplay of the game. Ehrhoff to the box for hooking Ward
5:59 – GOAL – Fisher tallies on what is a HUGE rebound given up by Luongo near the right faceoff dot! That’s his third goal in two games. Preds with the all important first goal of the game.
4:03 – POWERPLAY PREDATORS – Predators to the powerplay again after Bolduc slashes J.P. Dumont to pieces. Still 1-0 Predators
End of the second. Predators lead 1-0. Shots favor the Canucks 18-15 after two
18:43 – GOAL – Alex Burrows gets a beautiful feed from Daniel and Henrik Sedin while he is sitting right at the side of the net. He puts it high over Pekka Rinne’s shoulder and ties this game at 1.
12:52 – POWERPLAY CANUCKS – Back to the box Blum goes, this time for holding…really tough night for Jon Blum
9:01 – POWERPLAY PREDATORS – Henrik Sedin gets called for tripping and the Predators are getting another powerplay chance and will try to seal the deal here
6:58 – POWERPLAY CANUCKS – Tootoo to the box for tripping, just another penalty to add to the list. It’s amazing the Canucks haven’t scored yet on the powerplay.
5:03 – 4 ON 4 HOCKEY – Salo to the box for another hack-and-slash on the Predators, this is getting real dangerous with these slashes. Predators will get 1:55 of powerplay time after this
2:29 – GOAL – Daniel Sedin sweetly breaks out Alex Burrows up the middle of the ice and Burrows roofs it over Pekka Rinne’s shoulder to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead LATE in the third period
1:09 – Predators pulling Pekka here…can they get something?
0:09 – GOAL – Aaron Rome puts the icing on the cake for the Canucks and gives Vancouver a 3-1 lead and a Western Conference regular season crown with only 9 seconds left.
Synopsis: 9 STRAIGHT road wins. That is nine straight road wins for the Vancouver Canucks, a new franchise record for them. I think what hurts the most about losing this game is that they gave the Canucks the Western Conference regular season crown in their own building with their fans giving them a TV timeout near the end of the game. BUT, you can’t win them all, as they say!
It’s best to lose this game then lose a game the Predators should win against a lesser opponent. It’s ok to snap the streak at this juncture in the season because it would be EXTREMELY risky to have gone into the playoffs with a super-win streak (12 games if they would have won out).
Barry Trotz said it best during his post-game press conference that the Predators “didn’t have enough ‘bite’ in our game, that determination, that urgency.” Nashville needs to bounce back Thursday against Colorado and get a much needed 2 points in a tight Western Conference playoff race.
Playoff Outlook: 92 points, Currently, 6th place – 1 point out of 4th, 6 points out of 2nd (at the current moment, subject to change)
Best of 19 Record: 9-3-2
BEST OF SEVEN Record: 1-1-0
March Record: 9-3-2
What SportsClubStats Says?: 99 points gets the Predators a guaranteed playoff spot. We’re 7 points out with 5 games remaining.
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