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Nashville Brings Their Own Big D: Hang on for 3-2 Win in Dallas


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Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

Nashville had some work to do after a heart-breaking closing seconds loss against the league-leading Detroit Red Wings Friday night. Dallas came into tonight playing the latter of a back-to-back where the Stars have had little success over the season going 0-8-2  into tonight’s match-up.

Tonight also marked the first appearance of newly-acquired Hall Gill for the Nashville Predators who dressed 7 defenseman with a late scratch of Mike Fisher due to illness.

Tonight’s game was all about momentum and which team would take advantage of it. All season long, Dallas has had Nashville’s number when it came to playing at American Airlines Arena so Nashville needed to make some adjustments. After Dallas struck first with a horrible covering job behind the net that saw Ribiero wrap around and Ryder bury the feed in front, Nashville responded by simply putting the puck on net. Bourque tipped home his third goal of the season and the Predators tied the game.

In the closing minute of the first period, the Stars went to the penalty box and Nashville capitalized with a rebound shot from Shea Weber with .1 seconds on the clock. It was video reviewed and the goal stood.

About midway through the second period, Wilson finds the twine with a wicked backhand off his own rebound to make it 3-1 Predators. The Stars made of game of it in the last 5 minutes of the third period bringing the score to a one-goal deficit, but the Predators would hold on even though Hal Gill took a tripping penalty with 2:05 left in the game. Other than that penalty, Gill looked stalwart as advertised and just cannot get knocked off the puck. Not necessarily a solid win for the Predators but a much needed one as the Predators garner the ever-important two points in the uber-competitive Western Conference.

Special Teams:

Powerplay – 1 for 2, 50%
Penalty Kill – 1 for 1, 100%

Best Play of the Game: Having Colin Wilson net the game winner with an in-tight backhand was a thing of beauty. He has great hands although he tends to try too many things while skating down in the offensive zone. Great to see his hard work pay of with the GWG.

Worst Play of the Game: The first goal for Dallas was easily avoidable. Klein let Ribiero get behind him and loose for the wrap-around chance. Craig Smith lost his man, Michael Ryder (not the kind of player you want to lose sight of), and Ryder knocks it home drawing first blood with his 23rd goal of the year.

My Three Stars:

#1: – Colin Wilson– Game winning goal and gutsy work with Fisher being out of the lineup. Wilson brought the size, skill and drive to best the Dallas Stars tonight.

#2: – Shea Weber – 1 G, 4 SOG (lead team) and the 2nd most ice time on the team. Played a hard core game and had the where-with-all to shoot the puck in the waning seconds to give Nashville the lead going into the 2nd period.

#3: – Hal Gill – In his first appearance for the Nashville Predators, Hal Gill stood tall (literally) and played a great defensive game. Ended the night with a +2 rating and 1 SOG. Great to see the big man step up straight out of the gate.

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