Found November 14, 2011 on Fox Sports Tennessee:
It was a night when the Predators had all the reasons to have energy. It was the organization's 1,000th regular-season game. Also, they were a pretty hot group, having gone 6-2-1 in their previous nine games. But in the end, the lethargy of the first game back after a five-game road trip took hold in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Nashville got off to a slow start, with just four shots on goal in the first period, found its footing in the second, but couldn't get the breaks it needed to beat Montreal in the extra session. There wasn't a sense of dread following this game. The Predators knew that sometimes, the first game back after a long trip is tough for a team. The one point also helped. But at the same time, they felt as if they squandered a chance for a special win at home. "We were definitely excited. We were home after a long road trip, 1,000th game, and with a lot of guys in here who were drafted by the organization," defenseman Shea Weber said. "It was a meaningful game. It would have been nice to get two points." The Predators still have four more games left at home on this stand to pick up some points, and Saturday's game was a nice start. Next up: the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. NOTES, QUOTES There wasn't a lot of family in town to watch C Blake Geoffrion play the Canadiens. This is slightly strange, considering that you would think he'd have lots of family here to see him take on the NHL's flagship franchise. Geoffrion's family is part of the team's history. His grandfather Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion and great grandfather Howie Morenz are Hall of Famers who played in Montreal. His father, Danny, also donned the Canadiens sweater. But alas, Geoffrion's parents were on an anniversary trip, so they weren't in attendance. "It was awesome, it was really, really cool, being out there against Montreal, and how much tradition they have in the organization. My family being a part of that is pretty cool for me," Geoffrion said. "I thought about it before the game, but once the game started, it was just another game." LW Sergei Kostitsyn said that this contest against his former team was just another game. And though he was held pointless, he had a little more jump in his step. Also, Kostitsyn said he felt better in his second game coming back from a lower body muscle issue. "When I come off injuries, first two games I say it's going to be a little bit tougher," Kostitsyn said. "You have to get back in the shape you were before. It was the second game I played back, so I felt better today." A piece of history from Nashville's first game played was in this 1,000th regular-season contest. Canadiens D Jaroslav Spacek was a member of the Florida Panthers on Oct. 10, 1998 when they came to Nashville. "Even the morning skate, there were lots of people in the stands. They were getting ready," Spacek said. "There was electricity and so much excitement all over the city. We usually come in the day before, and at dinner you saw all the people with shirts on. It was lots of fun." ROSTER REPORT C Craig Smith could not make his two-game point outburst a streak. He was held pointless after getting four in his last two contests. He centered a line with LW Colin Wilson and RW Patric Hornqvist. RW Patric Hornqvist's point streak was stopped. Saturday was the first time in seven contests that Hornqvist had been held pointless. During that stretch he had 12 points. D Shea Weber continued to be a bear on the plusminus scale. Weber was a plus-1 Saturday. It was the eighth straight game he was a plus player for Nashville. During that stretch he is plus-11. MEDICAL WATCH C David Legwand (upper body) is out indefinitely. QUOTE TO NOTE "Last night I was sitting at home, I thought I was fine and two minutes later I fell asleep. Coming back from a long road trip, everyone was a little lethargic." -- Nashville coach Barry Trotz
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