The Nashville Predators used an Eastern Conference opponent to get back-up goalie Anders Lindback some work once again.
And once again they got the same result.
In front of 19,823 at Wells Fargo Center, the Preds lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1.
Lindback gave Pekka Rinne the night off and, once again, played well despite the loss. The last time Lindback tended the nets was 16 days ago. Coincidentally, that was the last Nashville loss. But don’t let that fool you. Lindback was superb against the New York Rangers on January 17 and he was outstanding in tonight’s contest as well.
He turned aside 24 of 27 Philadelphia shots.
The home team was able to strike first. Wayne Simmonds was able to come off the boards into the slot, turn and fire a knuckle puck on net. But more than it was Simmonds’ goal, it was Zac Rinaldo‘s goal. He channeled his inner-Tomas Holmstrom, setting up shop in front of the crease, making Lindback’s visibility zero.
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