Craig Smith made the ultimate rookie mistake trying to be "a little fancy" on an empty netter on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. Here's what happened...
Trotz did not find it to be a laughing matter and indicated that he would learn from it and that it was something that "I'm sure he will not do ever again."
The biggest faux pas in the incident could have been that it was the "Frosty" goal where when the Predators score four goals, all fans in attendance receive a free Frosty at Wendy's. Luckily, 56 seconds later, Matt Halischuk did get the empty net goal to send all 16,135 fans home with a frozen treat.
I think young Mr. Smith needs to take Halischuk out for a nice steak dinner.
With his Nashville Predators up 3-1 on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the final minutes of the game, and with the Leafs goalie on the bench for the extra attacker, Preds center Craig Smith found himself on a clear-cut breakaway towards an empty net.
With a chance to ice the game, Smith decides to announce his presence with authority, and instead of just sliding the puck across the line...
Predators rookie Craig Smith was closing in on his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Thursday night. All the 22-year-old had to do was slide a puck into an empty net but the Wisconsin native tried to get a little flashy and went for an uncontested roof job, instead. The result? See for yourself in the video below.
Is this a joke? 22-year-old forward Craig Smith, who was one goal away from leading the Nashville Predators in both goals and points missed an empty netter from inside the crease. The goal would have given the rookie 8 goals and 15 total points in 18 games this season, passing teammates Patric Hornqvist in goals [...]
Predators rookie forward Craig Smith missed a wide open shot on an empty net at the end of Thursday’s Nashville-Toronto game. The guy was all alone and had nobody in front of him, yet he still missed. Everyone was so sure he had scored on the empty net that the score graphic on TV made [...]
You know you did something wrong when the guys in the booth blow the goal horn when the puck is in the grand stands. How do you possibly miss this? Your two feet from the net and nobody is even near you and you shoot the puck in the stands? Good thing for him it wasn't a very important goal. The Predators still beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. Sadly for him he will probably...
Earlier today, we featured Nashville's Craig Smith missing an easy empty net goal but that wasn't the only strange occurrence during the Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Thursday night.
In the third period, a Predators fan sitting in the front decided to kick the glass from behind Toronto's Joffrey Lupel during a stoppage of play:
Craig Smith has had an excellent start to his rookie season for the Nashville Predators, but Thursday night was one of those moments he wishes he could erase and will never live down. With Nashville up 3-1 Smith had an empty net breakaway, but instead of sliding the puck in he roofed it up and over.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, It’s not as though the Nashville Predators have never gone outside their own four walls in their quest for elite offensive talent. This is a team, after all, that has either traded for or signed the likes of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, J-P Dumont and Jason Arnott.
What the Predators have not been able to do, however, is cultivate...
Craig Smith is never going hear the end of this and he'll now be immortalized on blooper reels for the rest of his career.
The Nashville Predators forward needed to just slide the puck into the empty Toronto Maple Leafs net to put the team up 4-1 and secure a victory. Instead, the rookie accepted the pass, skated close to the net and decided to ferociously attempted to roof...
Last night's Nashville Predators win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was not pretty to watch but was a necessarily evil in the long slate of 82 games that make up the NHL regular season.After watching a game on Tuesday against Washington that had to make most folks top ten Preds' games, the game with the Leafs was very ugly by comparison. The first period was dull as dirt...
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