The Predators had to stretch the games to eight rounds of the shootout, but Nashville finally prevailed, grabbing a 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
Grabbing his first win of the season, Pekka Rinne stopped 23 of LA’s 24 shots including some key stops in the second and third period to bring the game into overtime to at least collect one point. Legwand, Smith, Bourque, and Kostitsyn scored in the shootout for Nashville in eight rounds.
Nashville started the game off very quickly as a faceoff win fed back to Brandon Yip who fired a laser over Jonathan Quick to make it 1-0 Predators only 58 seconds into the first period. The Predators would record only 2 more shots over the next 2+ minutes before going shotless the rest of the evening. Then came the string of penalties.
The Predators took three straight penalties between 6 and 12 minutes of the first period before finally allowing a powerplay equalizer at 13:08 of the first. Dustin Brown found a Drew Doughty slapshot-off-the-glass rebound and buried it past Pekka Rinne to tie the game.
While the Predators would only record 8 shots total over the first two periods, they kept the Kings in check over the same amount of time as well, allowing only a total of 9 even strength shots (plus 6 powerplay shots) over 40 minutes of play.
The third period saw play heat up, while the shots on net didn’t increase all that much. Both teams had multiple chances and each had their opportunity to grab the game winning goal. In overtime, Nashville cranked up the heat and had many opportunities to finish the game in the extra 5 minutes, however no dice.
The Predators finished the game with 14 shots on net, taking 6 penalties, and won the faceoff battle 34 to 29.
Powerplay – 0 for 3, 0%
Penalty Kill – 5 for 6, 83.3%
Best Play of the Game: Yip snaps a shot by Quick only 58 seconds into the game from inside the faceoff circle to make the game 1-0.
Worst Play of the Game: Pekka Rinne paying too much attention to the Doughty slapshot puck bouncing off the back glass and forgetting about Dustin Brown who was sitting right in front of him. Rebounded puck landed right in front of Brown who popped it in to tie the game.
My Three Stars:
#1: – Pekka Rinne
#2: – Sergei Kostitsyn
#3: – Dustin Brown
See you Saturday night as the Predators travel to San Jose to take on Sharks in the sixth game of this 7-game road trip. Game is at 9:30pm CT