Originally written February 05, 2013 on PredsOnTheGlass:
As you probably do not know, the reason for my lack of posting and in person presence around the Predators' rink this year is that I will be undergoing a full hip replacement this coming Thursday which will require a six week period of no driving or public appearances. Therefore, I am limited to comments from the couch for the time being.In spite of my infirmary, I was able to give a standing "O" when the Preds went up 5-0 against division rival, St. Louis, in the two teams third meeting in this young season. After averaging 1.5 goals per game, it was truly a miracle for the Preds to break out with five goals in 30:09 minutes of play.With the odd scheduling where they actually returned home during the road trip, I was somewhat concerned that it could have been a distraction but Barry Trotz remains a master in the psychology of the game.Highlights of the game included...Ryan Ellis picking up the first goal of the game when he fired the puck at the net on the power play and bounced it off a Blues player for the first goal of the game.Rich Clune picked up his first NHL goal when he was crashing the net and picked up the rebound off a Colin Wilson shot. His first intermission appearance was classic.Nick Spalling getting his second goal of the year with aggressive play to end the opening period.Any goal by Kevin Klein is a masterpiece. Klein is the most unappreciated defenseman in the NHL.Gabriel Bourque finishing up Wilson's shot on goal with his skate (without a kicking motion).Wilson having a huge three point game as he tries to solidify his position as a young force on the team. His post game TV appearance exuded confidence in front of the camera not previously seen.Mart Erat grabbing a goal in the waning minutes of the game to gain his scoring confidence.Pekka Rinne being on top of his game, stopping 31 of 32 Blues shots.Low points included...The Preds' lack of discipline that led to three penalties and a Blues goal at the end of the second period.Preds going down 5 on 3 early in the third to raise Rinne's blood pressure.Chris Stewart in a scuffle with Paul Gaustad to end the game.It was really not surprising that the Preds were out hit 17-6 in a game that was frustrating for the Blues.The Predators giving up 32 shots while only getting 19 on goal (including only three in the second period) , despite the lopsided win.The Predators finally return home on Thursday night against the Kings which I hope to be able to watch in a post surgery anesthesia haze.More Later...Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
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