Oct 15, 2013
Coming off the heels of a 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday night, the Predators wanted to propel that same momentum into tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. With captain Shea Weber collecting his first goal of the season on a blue-line bomb early in the first period, Nashville used that momentum to help them grab their second straight win with a 4-3 victory over Florida, their seventh win over the Panthers in their last nine meetings.
It only took nine minutes in for Weber to find the back of the net, but it was the ensuing momentum that helped drive the Predators for the remainder of the evening.
“It’s huge. I didn’t see the puck and I know the goalie didn’t see it because he hammered that. It was a really good play, [Weber] and Fisher were kind of playing catch there and they rolled out high. He absolutely unloaded that thing. When he’s getting pucks through like that, he’s going to score. He’s been getting a lot of shots, they’re just not going in. Once he gets one, hopefully he’ll get a few more,” said head coach Barry Trotz.
“When you have a goaltender like Pekka, you want to start with the lead. You can rely on him to make saves as he needs to. We still gotta do a better job in front of him, we’re giving up too many quality chances,” said Predators captain Shea Weber. “When we score first it’s huge. We want to do that every night, to play with the lead. It’s a lot easier, you can stick to your system and you don’t have to take any chances. It’s a sixty minute game and you can’t quit. I don’t think we played very well, but we got two points”
Nashville’s four goals of the night all came from different goal scorers, a common theme for the Predators. It’s a basis of their overall system, to score by committee and make sure every player is doing their share to help contribute to the the offense.
“We need to score by committee. We have a lot of guys in here that are good players. We play a good defensive system and our defense is going to lead to offense. It should be like that every night, where everyone is chipping in,” said Weber.
The Predators have their fifth and final game of their current homestand on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings. With a chance to make it three straight, Nashville hopes to keep the good momentum rolling as they leave Bridgestone Arena for ten of the next twelve contests, including two straight in Canada after Thursday night.
“Good teams have to win games in a row and part of that was winning an ugly one tonight. Hopefully we can keep it rolling. It’s not an easy road trip playing in some tough barns. We have to make sure we get the win on Thursday,” said Weber.
“We need to move on to Thursday before we head on the road. We need to get two more points”