Nashville wasn’t phased by the league’s point leader Phil Kessel and took advantage of Toronto’s goaltending issues getting goals in all three period completing a 4-1 dismantling of the Maple Leafs. Pekka Rinne backstopped the Predators with 39 saves going 5-0-1 since signing his new contract extension.
Nashville would get 2 goals from Martin Erat, including goals from Ryan Suter and Matt Halischuk. The Maple Leafs only goal would come from John-Michael Liles
Special Teams: Powerplay – 0 for 3, 0%
Penalty Kill – 1 for 2, 50%
Best Play of the Game: Ryan Suter fires a wrister through nearly every player on the ice straight past Ben Scrivens to make the game 2-1 in favor of Nashville midway through the second period.
Worst Play of the Game: Whether it was a bad play from Pekka Rinne or a poor defensive job from Ryan Suter, John-Michael Liles goal should never have happened. Although it was a VERY nifty shot from Liles, a poor breakdown in the defensive zone gave the Leafs the tying goal 10 minutes into the 2nd period.
My Three Stars:
(Prefacing this before-hand, but I’m not giving Erat one of the stars of the game. Although he played a great game and had 2 goals, there were much better players on the night as listed below)
#1: - Ryan Suter – 1 goal, 1 assist, +4 on the night. Rough defensive zone break down leading to the Leafs only goal, however Suter comes back and grabs the tie-breaking goal, and was on the ice for all 4 Nashville goals (including his partner Shea Weber)
#2: - Pekka Rinne – 38 saves on 39 shots. Just another great game by Pekka Rinne who has gone 8-1-2 in his past 11 games. Impressive stats and another impressive game
#3: - Sergei Kostitsyn – 0 goals, 3 assists, +3 on the night. Although he had 0 shots on the net, he collected three more points on the night. Great night for Kostitsyn
Coming off a 3-1 win against Washington on Tuesday, Nashville looked to continue their hot streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in the Bridgestone Arena. In front of a near-capacity crowd, Nashville surely didn’t disappoint as they lit up the Leafs for 4 goals while getting stellar goaltending from Pekka Rinne.
At 5:48 in the first period, Martin Erat started the scoring getting Nashville on the board on, making it 1-0 early in the game. While the remainder of the first stayed scoreless, the Predators were severely outshot 9-3.
Toronto made it interesting halfway into the second period at 10:36 when John-Michael Liles zoomed a nifty wrister straight past Pekka Rinne to tie the game at 1. Yet, the tie wouldn’t hold up for long as Ryan Suter followed suit and nailed a wrister of his own past Ben Scrivens to make the game 2-1.
While it had been more of a mild-mannered 40 minutes between the two teams, the third period added a little excitement. 2:05 into the third, Martin Erat finishes a two-on-one with Mike Fisher to give Nashville a 3-1 lead. Yet, the most entertaining part of the game wasn’t the goals, but a lengthy fight between Brian McGrattan and Jay Rosehill at 7:02.
Past that, we’ll let Craig Smith’s little Patrik Stefan-like flub be talked about by everyone else, I’ll just note that I feel sorry for anyone that misses an empty net from about 6 inches away. It’s okay though, Smith is young and it happens. Matt Halischuk was able to ice it away, though, instead, scoring the Frosty goal at 19:37.
Stay tuned to The Predatorial on Saturday morning for the gameday preview of the Blue Jackets game!
from Michael Rand of RandBall a the StarTribune, The hockey world has been impatiently waiting for Kessel to make the jump to the next level for the better part of a decade, and it looks like he might have finally done it.
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On today's show, Buddy Oakes and I discussed the team's recent success and looked ahead to the next week of action. We also had a quick interview with Pekka Rinne, discussed Craig Smith's missed empty net and the hot streak of Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. You can find it all right here...Listen to internet radio with SmashvilleOnTheGlass on Blog Talk Radio
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Predators 3, Capitals 1Smashville 24/7 3 stars of the night:1. Pekka Rinne, NSH (39 saves)2. Shea Weber, NSH (1 goal, 1 assist)3. Martin Erat, NSH (1 goal, 1 assist)Recaps around the blogosphere:Preds On The GlassInside SmashvilleSection 303Predators AJendaHockey Night in NashvilleOn The ForecheckPlay of the game:
No. 1 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
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Martin Erat scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 38 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
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Ryan Suter and Matt Halischuk scored the other Nashville goals. John-Michael Liles had the only tally for Toronto.
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Martin Erat scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 38 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Nashville, which has won five of seven, sent Toronto to its fifth loss in six games. Ryan Suter and Matt Halischuk scored the other Nashville goals.
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