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The Predators have only four more games away from Nashville. On top of this, they've now won two of their last three, and seem to have their darker times in the rearview mirror.
Thursday's game was a weird one. When these two teams played last year, they combined for 14 goals in four games during the regular season. On top of that, they only scored five goals in the second period. On Thursday, both combined for six goals in the second frame.
Still, Nashville can't seem to find balance in its game. Coach Barry Trotz thought they had found their defensive identity by allowing two goals in the previous two games. That all went out the window Thursday.
The Predators are looking at their next game against the Buffalo Sabres at home Saturday like a road game. Often, those games after a long trip feel like the final road contest. The last time Nashville was in a similar situation, they lost in overtime at home against Montreal.
RW Jordin Tootoo didn't score the game-winner. He didn't even score the game-tying goal. But his score late in the second period gave the Predators the necessary momentum to get Nashville back in the game. Tootoo took a feed from LW Matt Halischuk and buried it past G Roberto Luongo to make it 5-4.
"We knew (Luongo's) confidence level was probably not at its highest, so we wanted to get pucks to the net and get to those second and third chances," Tootoo said. "Fortunately, we got a good bounce there and got us a goal."
Out of the four goalies who played in Thursday's game, Predators backup G Anders Lindback may have been the best. In relief of G Pekka Rinne, Lindback picked up the victory by stopping all 19 Vancouver shots in 28:37.
"They're a very offensive, skilled team, so they shoot a lot, but I think guys did a really good job of letting me handle the first pucks and taking away the rebounds," Lindback said. "That's always nice to get a few (shots) right away and get a confidence boost, and get warm and start to feel the pucks."
Nashville hopes a two-goal outing by C Mike Fisher can get him back on the right track. Fisher has been slowed by offseason shoulder surgery and a late-Oct. concussion. One of Fisher's scores was the game-winner.
"Fish had a real good start when he came back, then he sort of dried up," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Hopefully he gets on a little bit of a roll."
LW Sergei Kostitsyn sat with what Nashville coach Barry Trotz called an "upper body" injury, suffered at Calgary. Kostitsyn has just three points in his previous 11 games.
G Pekka Rinne has been pulled twice since Nov. 22. He allowed five goals on just 18 shots Thursday before being yanked in the second period.
C Craig Smith continued his prolific scoring ways and furthered his team leading point total. Smith now has 20 points in 25 games, also good for second amongst all rookie scorers.
D Teemu Laakso (cyst removed) is out indefinitely.
D Francis Bouillon (groin) is out at least the next game.
C Blake Geoffrion (upper body) is out at least one week.
LW Sergei Kostitsyn (upper body) could return Saturday against Buffalo
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I don't think anybody expected that out of this game. The way we've played in the past, it has always been a low-scoring, tight-checking game." -- D Shea Weber, on Thursday's 6-5 win over the Canucks.
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Nashville Predators goaltender Anders Lindback was part of a precious moment before the opening face-off inside Bridgestone Arena tonight.
Before every home contest, the Predators have an “honorary blueliner of the game.” Tonight’s honoree was goaltender Michael Dillard of the NYHL Mite Icebreakers.
Just before the National Anthem, Dillard (no taller than 4’0″) skated out...
Teemu Laakso cleared waivers and was assigned to Milwaukee on Friday. He wasted no time in seeing game action in the Admirals' 5-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen.Laakso picked up an assist and was plus one for the evening. He also picked up two minutes in PIMs for a interference call in the second period. Here's the complete game story.Make the jump for the full release...
Nashville, Tenn. (December 2, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that defenseman Teemu Laakso has cleared waivers and been assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).Laakso, 24 (8/27/87), played nine games for the Predators this season, going pointless and posting eight penalty minutes while averaging 11:26 per game.
At 15:54 of the second period, Jordin Tootoo barreled into Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, and eleven players were involved in an ensuing scrum. Miller is just coming off a concussion, suffered when he got run over by Boston's Milan Lucic three weeks ago. Tootoo got a major for charging and game misconduct. Here is the video (courtesy On the Forecheck), with audio from Tootoo...
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In a game that saw all of the goalies in action (4) and plenty of scorers (10), the Nashville Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 in a contest that will be featured on NHL Home Ice's "Games Gone Wild" for the rest of the year.After the Predators saw a 3-1 lead collapse into a 5-3 deficit, the team fought pack to tie the game with two late goals in the second...
VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) -- Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 1:16 left, and the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 6-5 on Thursday night to snap Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider's five-game winning streak.
Fisher went to the net and backhanded a centering pass from Martin Erat over a sprawling Roberto Luongo, who replaced Schneider in the high-scoring game...
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Predators 6, Canucks 5Smashville 24/7 3 stars of the night:1. Anders Lindback, NSH (19 saves)2. Mike Fisher, NSH (2 goals)3. Henrik Sedin, VAN (2 assists)Recaps around the blogosphere:Preds On The GlassThe View from 111Section 303The PredatorialHockey Night in NashvilleOn The ForecheckPlay of the game:
Just when you thought that the Vancouver Green Men had run out of ideas to taunt the opponent, the below video comes to light.
It shows the Green Men using a naked cut-out of Ryan Kelser to taunt the Nashville Predators Shea Weber in the penalty box:
(Courtesy of Cosby Sweaters)
The Nashville Predators are back home to host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Bridgestone Arena as the second half of an NCAA/NHL hockey doubleheader. The University of Alabama in Huntsville Chargers complete the back half of their two game set with the University of Nebraska â Omaha Mavericks at 1pm today, attempting to sweep the series against the 20th ranked team in the country...
Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 1:16 left, and the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 6-5 on Thursday night to snap Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider's five-game winning streak.
via TSN, 15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 5 minutes, charging
15:54 Nashville Jordin Tootoo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 2 minutes, roughing
15:54 Buffalo Paul Gaustad: 10 minutes, misconduct
Photo Credit: Derek Leung/Getty Images
In what could have been the wildest game of the year so far, hands down, Nashville had a 3-1 lead after the first, went down 5-3 in the second before tying it, and scored the game winning goal with 76 seconds left in the third (in which they were dominated the whole period).
Nashville gets a huge win to try and right the ship before playing...
The Nashville Predators are back in the Music City and will take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Bridgestone Arena.
A LOOK BACK.......
Talk about a crazy, batty night in the NHL last night. If anyone believed that Vancouver and Nashville would combine for 11 goals, I would have thought they were nuts. However the funny thing was I saw the over being hit in this game. Both goalies were pulled, and really every odd man rush on both...