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Nashville came home in front of a raucous Bridgestone Arena and after a close 60 minutes, and quite possibly exorcising the most famous ghost that haunts the Predators, take the game and the series lead, beating Anaheim 4-3
Powerplay – 1 for 5, 20%
Powerplay For The Playoffs – 4 for 16, 25%
Penalty Kill – 1 for 2, 50%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 8 for 12, 75%
Best Play of the Game: Jordin Tootoo collects a rebound 38 seconds after Martin Erat puts home a powerplay goal and gives the Predators a 2-0 lead late in the first period
Worst Play of the Game: A missed Too Many Men on the Ice penalty gives Teemu Selanne enough time to be in the right place at the right time as he too puts home a rebound chance and tied the game at 2 late in the second period
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Mike Fisher – 1G, 1 Fight, a +1 on the night. The man who all thought would be the X-Factor in the series hasn’t disappointed
The Bad: Ryan Getzlaf – 0 points, -2 on the night, and a fight. Can’t argue that Getzlaf was trying to get his team on the right track (as they scored two goals shortly thereafter), however he just had an off night with his companion Perry getting too emotional and missing his other linemate Ryan
My Preds #1 Star: Mike Fisher – No question about it. I voted him the #1 star and that choice was confirmed by the rest of the media
Synopsis: Say what you will about this series, however tonight’s game WAS the epitome of playoff hockey. It saw the Predators go up by 2 goals, the Ducks come back late in the second to tie the game in 30 seconds, and both teams exchange quick goals in the third before X-Factor Mike Fisher finalized the game with his 3rd of the playoffs.
Now, before I go any further, I want to talk about something real quick. Corey Perry, for all of his goals and all of his Hart trophy talk, is quickly becoming Public Enemy #1 in Nashville. Something the league needs to take a look at is the video of the past 3 games: Perry racks Rinne with his stick in the first, (CAN’T DISCUSS THE SECOND AS I DIDN’T WATCH), and then cross checks Kostitsyn in the face in the third. I’m sorry, however how much more needs to be seen before the appropriate action is taken. I know he is a superstar for Anaheim, however even the greatest of superstars are to abide by the league rules, and Perry needs to start acting like he knows them. His actions are not rally-inspiring and don’t give hope to Duck Nation, however they make you want to question his play entirely
Ok, off that rant, however this game came down to WHO wanted it more. The Preds definitely had the firepower to do it, however Anaheim pressed hard in the last few minutes.
When Nashville took the powerplay with 2 minutes left in the third, my heart dropped.
Predators on the powerplay
All signs pointed EXACTLY back to Game 5 in last year’s WCQF. But you know what? Nashville came out of it with a win, and that may be the driving point they need to do the same Wednesday night.
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Nashville. Gametime is 7:30pm CST
POST GAME QUOTES:
CODY FRANSON -
Q: How would you describe the intensity of this series so far?
A: I think it’s been great, I think it’s been everything playoff hockey is supposed to be. We’ve come out, it’s been physical games, a lot of emotion, a lot of speed, a lot of skill. I think it’s been a great series to this point
Q: You think it’s better this season you guys are converting on your powerplay chances, actually getting a few goals here?
A: Oh wow, it’s definitely helping us. In the past, our powerplay has been almost a bit of a momentum killer for us, just generating chances and not scoring on a couple of them can really effect the momentum of the game. Now that we got it clicking, guys are excited that we’re getting powerplays and we have confidence going into them. It has nothing to do with they way [the Ducks] are killing them, they are doing a good job, but we’re finally finishing some of our plays.
SHEA WEBER -
Q: You lead the team with a +3 tonight and you guys take the series 2-1, how do you like the intensity so far in this series?
A: Oh, it’s been good. I think we responded well after Game 2 and came out hard and got the crowd into it early. I thought we played a pretty good game overall
BARRY TROTZ -
Q: The team has converted powerplay goals in the last 3 games, what are you guys doing differently to convert those?
A: Well, just, I think there is a lot more commitment with guys going to those hard areas during the playoffs. A lot of times, you’ll see the same penalty killers all the time and they’ll see the same powerplay, so you’re going to have to make little adjustments every game, and we have. Certain things they are trying to adjust or pick up on, and our guys are doing a really good job. Oh, and the execution part, you’re getting to those loose pucks and sticking them in the net, so that’s real key.
VIDEOS FROM UP ABOVE:
Ducks Lineup Announced -
Predators Opening Video and Lineup Announced -
First Standing Ovation -
Series Record: 2-1, Predators Lead
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