Tied 1-1 going into the third period, Nashville’s RED HOT powerplay (yes, folks, you read that right) struck again, and this time from Colin Wilson. Collecting a rebound from a Craig Smith shot, Wilson blasted it past Kiprusoff to give the Predators a 2-1 lead and that would be the final.
Nashville has now won 3 straight to get them back into the thick of the Western Conference. With this win, they are now in sole position of 7th place, 3 points behind idle St. Louis (who the Predators meet on Saturday), 5 points behind Detroit (who the Predators meet on Thursday), and 6 points behind Chicago.
Powerplay – 1 for 3, 33%
Penalty Kill – 1 for 1, 100%
Best Play of the Game: Colin Wilson gets a rebound from a Craig Smith shot and rifles it past Miikka Kiprusoff to give the Predators a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Worst Play of the Game: Curtis Glencross streaks in through the left side, makes a fancy move, and roofs it RIGHT under the crossbar to tie the game 1-1 at 6:12 of the second period.
My Three Stars:
#1: – Pekka Rinne – 35 saves on 36 shots. He faced less shots than Kiprusoff, but made the saves to keep the Predators in the game and in the lead, plus killing off the final two minutes of the game in a crazy flurry from the Flames.
#2: – Miikka Kiprusoff – 43 saves on 45 shots. Amazing game in goal for Kiprusoff, just gave up one goal too many. However, any goalie that faces 45 shots against a Predators team that averages less than 30 and only gives up 2? Amazing.
#3: – Colin Wilson – 1 goal, -1 on the night. Wilson’s powerplay goal was the decisive one tonight as he gave the Predators a 2-1 lead 3:31 into the third
Stay tuned to The Predatorial Thursday morning for the gameday preview of the Red Wings game!
Stay frosty, friends.