Originally written November 18, 2011 on Smashville 24/7:
With 1:20 remaining in the third period of Thursday’s game and the Predators leading 3-1, forward Craig Smith had a chance to salt away the victory with an empty-net goal. He indeed hit the net, but not the one he was aiming for.Despite the two-goal lead and the fact that Matt Halischuk eventually scored into the empty net, Predators head coach Barry Trotz was not pleased with Smith missing a sure goal.“We talk about being detailed and right there it’s game, set, match at that point,” Trotz said. “(Smith) kept them in (the game). Peks had to make a couple big saves, (Blake) Geoffrion had to block a shot; that’s where injuries come. By being a little fancy, it almost blew up in his face. He’ll learn from that. I’m sure he’ll be on a few lowlight films. That’s something I’m sure he will not do ever again.“Everybody in our room felt bad for him. We’ll be joking and jabbing at him for the next week or two. I’m sure he’ll learn from it and he’ll be fine.”Defenseman Ryan S

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