Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 3/18/12

Nashville Predators 3 vs Anaheim Ducks 1

The Nashville Predators finish the game strong by scoring three goals in the third period. This quote comes to mind, "It isn't how you start, its how you finish." and the Predators did that tonight. A sloppy start turned into a great ending. 

With that win tonight, the Nashville Predators have jumped the hated, Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference standing. Nashville is now in 4th place and if the playoffs started today, they would have home ice advantage, which is huge.

All I wanted from this road trip was a 2-1-1 record, 5 points in 4 games. That was all I wanted, which is generous. Nashville went 2-1-1 on this road trip, which is what I asked. Not a bad job, as they made progress in the standings.

Jordin Tootoo Not Scratched

Fan favorite in Smashville, Jordin Tootoo, is being called out by some of his best fans due to his lack of play. Tootoo is now in Smashville's dog house, but we aren't sure if he is in Barry Trotz's dog house, yet. 

Apparently not, as Trotz has been giving him a lot of chances to upgrade his play by giving him ice time. Players like Matt Halischuk, Brandon Yip, Colin Wilson, Jack Maclellan, Gabriel Bourque, Brian McGrattan and Craig Smith, haven't been given the opportunities like Tootoo.

Jordin Tootoo had an okay game tonight as he didn't make too many plays, but he made a couple of good hits. Here is his stats of the night.

Name P +/- Shots TOI Jordin Tootoo 0 0 0 11:44

His game has definitely been better and I believe Jack Maclellan should be given a chance in the NHL. His Grade: D+

Gabriel Bourque Upgraded

Barry Trotz was switching up the lines in the locker room at the second intermission. The first line and third line were both switched up. Gabriel Bourque was promoted the first line to play along side Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand. Andrei Kostitsyn was demoted to the third line to play along with Brandon Yip and Craig Smith. 

The first line was in sync as every time they went onto the ice, they generated scoring chances. Even generated this beauty (shown in the video), as entering into the zone after a delayed off-sides. Hornqvist went to the net, Bourque went low, and Legwand stayed high waiting for the drop pass from Bourque. Let the video take you from there...

I am worried about what Andrei Kostitsyn's response to being demoted the third line will be. Hopefully it isn't a problem, and shouldn't be as Alexander Radulov will be returning to the NHL, where he will most likely play on the third line. 

I am hoping that Andrei Kostitsyn works harder by scoring and crashing the net more often. Tonight was definitely an off night for him, as he didn't even record a shot on net. I am expecting a change Tuesday night.

At the End of the Day

Here is your new look to the Western Conference standing. Nashville is now in sole possession of 4th place.

No. Team GP P ROW 1 Blues 73 100 42 2 Canucks 71 94 36 3 Stars 72 83 33 4 Predators 72 92 38 5 Red Wings 72 92 37 6 Blackhawks 73 88 35 7 Avalanche 74 83 30 8 Sharks 71 82 29 9 Kings 72 82 30 10 Coyotes 72 81 30 11 Flames 72 80 31

Top 3 teams are division leaders.
Yellow = Clinched Playoff Berth

Season Series

Date Away Home Result 10/29 ANA NSH 0-3 NSH 11/9 NSH ANA 4-2 NSH 12/10 ANA NSH 2-3 NSH 3/18 NSH ANA 3-1 NSH

Line Up Report

Starting Goalies:

Name SV SH Decision SV % TOI #39 Anders Lindback 30 31 W .968 60:00 #1 Jonas Hiller 24 26 L .923 58:54

Predators Scratches: #59 D Roman Josi (Upper Body), #28 C Paul Gaustad (Upper Body), #72 W Jack Maclellan, #23 W Brian McGrattan, #33 C Colin Wilson and #49 D Ryan Ellis

Ducks Scratches: #16 W George Parros, #32 D Toni Lydman and #39 W Matt Beleskey

Period By Period Summary

First Period

  • 1:39 in, Lubomir Visnovsky fired his shot off the post to the right of Anders Lindback.
  • 6:10 in, Bobby Ryan was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking Francis Bouillon. It was only a minor.
  • 7:32 in, Ryan Getzlaf and Devante Smith-Pelly went on a 2 on 1 against Shea Weber. Getzlaf passed to Smith-Pelly, who scored short-handed, to make it 1-0 Ducks.
  • 8:10 in, Bobby Ryan's penalty was killed off.
  • 10:33 in, the Nashville Predators registered their first shot of the game. Patric Hornqvist's break-away attempt was unsuccessful.
  • The first period ended with Anaheim leading, 1-0. The Ducks led in shots, 9-8.

Second Period

  • 0:33 in, Martin Erat was drilled into Jonas Hiller by Toni Luca Sbisa. The net and Hiller's mask both came off. Erat went to the box for goalie interference, even though he was led into him. 
  • 2:33 in, Martin Erat's penalty was killed off.
  • 3:26 in, Anders Lindback robbed Jason Blake of a sure goal. Blake was shocked and in awe.
  • 9:25 in, a defensive breakdown by the Nashville Predators allowed Kyle Palmieri to have a break-away on Lindback. Lindy was up to the challenge and stopped Palmieri.
  • Around 13:00 in, Sergei Kostitsyn went to the dressing room after he blocked a shot from a Pred D-man. He came back shortly after.
  • 16:04 in, Bobby Ryan went to the box for interference.
  • 18:04 in, Bobby Ryan's penalty was killed off. Nashville only had 1 shot on net.
  • The second period ended the same as the first, 1-0 lead for the Ducks. Anaheim out-shot Nashville 13-8.

Third Period

  • 1:19 in, Patric Hornqvist scored off a beautiful pass from David Legwand. Hornqvist was all alone in front of Hiller, and roofed the shot, blocker-side, to tie the game up at 1.
  • 10:27 in, Mike Fisher scored off a rebound from Ryan Suter's shot. Suter's shot was stopped by Hiller, but trickled behind him. Fisher knocked the puck home to take the lead, 2-1 Nashville.
  • 13:50 in, Anders Lindback stood strong as he stopped a one-time shot.
  • 14:21 in, Kyle Palmieri received a pass from the corner, all alone. Palmieri was stopped by Lindback, great save.
  • 15:48 in, Nick Splaing was on a break-away, but was held by Visnovsky going towards the net. Spaling never got a shot off and drew the penalty. 
  • 17:48 in, Visnovsky's penalty was killed off as the Ducks PK looked more like they were on the PP.
  • 18:25 in, Bruce Boudreau called a Time Out. Jonas Hiller was pulled and the Ducks had the extra attacker.
  • 19:14 in, Martin Erat tried to shoot on the empty net, but was hooked by Bobby Ryan. Ryan had his third seat in the penalty box. Hiller went back to the bench.
  • 19:30 in, Hiller went back to the bench.
  • 19:44 in, David Legwand scored the empty net goal, no shocker there.
  • Nashville wins the game 3-1. Anaheim won in the shots though, 31-27.

      Scoring Summary

      SH Devante Smith-Pelly - Getzlaf and Brookbank at 7:32 in the 1st Period
      Patric Hornqvist - Legwand and Bourque at 1:19 in the 3rd
      Mike Fisher - Suter and Erat at 10:27 in the 3rd
      PP EN David Legwand - S. Kostitsyn and Klein at 19:44 in the 3rd

      Anaheim Ducks Players to Watch:

      Name G A +/- TOI #9 Bobby Ryan 0 0 0 16:20 #8 Teemu Selanne 0 0 -2 16:24 #10 Corey Perry 0 0 0 18:55

      My Three Stars of the Game

      1. Anders Lindback: 30 Saves and the Win
      2. Patric Hornqvist: Goal and 14:26 of TOI
      3. Devante Smith-Pelly: Goal and 14:14 of TOI

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