Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 12/22/13
Despite assertions to the contrary, the three-goal lead is one of the safest in hockey. On Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Montreal Canadiens ran out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on the Nashville Predators, chasing Predators netminder Marek Mazanec from the net after he faced merely five Montreal shots. A little over a minute after Tomas Plekanec scored Montreal’s third goal, Nashville’s Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with the Canadiens’ Travis Moen. After the fight ended, as Hendricks walked back to the locker room, he stopped to scream something at his teammates. “I don’t really remember what I said,” Hendricks said. “It was kind of along the lines of, ‘Let’s pick it up,’ and, ‘Let’s get it going!’ The game was still available and we had the chance to win it. That’s kind of what I said.” “We played a good game,” Hendricks said. “That’s the kind of hockey that this team needs to play. That’s the brand of hockey we need to bring every night.” Hendrick
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