Found 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

Predators center misses empty net

With his Nashville Predators up 3-1 on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the final minutes of the game, and with the Leafs goalie on the bench for the extra attacker, Preds center Craig Smith found himself on a clear-cut breakaway towards an empty net. With a chance to ice the game, Smith decides to announce his presence with authority, and instead of just sliding the puck across the line...

Barry Trotz Reacts to Craig Smith's Over the Net Roof Job (Videos)

Craig Smith made the ultimate rookie mistake trying to be "a little fancy" on an empty netter on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. Here's what happened...Trotz did not find it to be a laughing matter and indicated that he would learn from it and that it was something that "I'm sure he will not do ever again."The biggest faux pas in the incident could...

Predators Forward Craig Smith Misses Empty Net on Breakaway, Fires Puck Over Crossbar (Video)

Predators rookie Craig Smith was closing in on his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Thursday night. All the 22-year-old had to do was slide a puck into an empty net but the Wisconsin native tried to get a little flashy and went for an uncontested roof job, instead. The result? See for yourself in the video below.

Craig Smith Misses Open Net

Is this a joke? 22-year-old forward Craig Smith, who was one goal away from leading the Nashville Predators in both goals and points missed an empty netter from inside the crease. The goal would have given the rookie 8 goals and 15 total points in 18 games this season, passing teammates Patric Hornqvist in goals [...]

Predators center misses empty net with shot

Predators rookie forward Craig Smith missed a wide open shot on an empty net at the end of Thursday’s Nashville-Toronto game. The guy was all alone and had nobody in front of him, yet he still missed. Everyone was so sure he had scored on the empty net that the score graphic on TV made [...]

Craig Smith Somehow Blew a Fast Break Open Net Goal (Video)

You know you did something wrong when the guys in the booth blow the goal horn when the puck is in the grand stands.  How do you possibly miss this?  Your two feet from the net and nobody is even near you and you shoot the puck in the stands?  Good thing for him it wasn't a very important goal.  The Predators still beat the Maple Leafs 4-1.  Sadly for him he will probably...

Nashville Predators Fan Kicks Glass To Taunt Toronto's Joffrey Lupel (Video)

Earlier today, we featured Nashville's Craig Smith missing an easy empty net goal but that wasn't the only strange occurrence during the Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Thursday night. In the third period, a Predators fan sitting in the front decided to kick the glass from behind Toronto's Joffrey Lupel during a stoppage of play: (Courtesy...

Video: Craig Smith Shoots Over Empty-Net From Crease

Craig Smith has had an excellent start to his rookie season for the Nashville Predators, but Thursday night was one of those moments he wishes he could erase and will never live down.  With Nashville up 3-1 Smith had an empty net breakaway, but instead of sliding the puck in he roofed it up and over. 

Craig Smith A Pleasant Surprise For The Predators

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, It’s not as though the Nashville Predators have never gone outside their own four walls in their quest for elite offensive talent. This is a team, after all, that has either traded for or signed the likes of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, J-P Dumont and Jason Arnott. What the Predators have not been able to do, however, is cultivate...

Video: Predators’ Craig Smith spectacularly blows empty net goal

Craig Smith is never going hear the end of this and he'll now be immortalized on blooper reels for the rest of his career. The Nashville Predators forward needed to just slide the puck into the empty Toronto Maple Leafs net to put the team up 4-1 and secure a victory. Instead, the rookie accepted the pass, skated close to the net and decided to ferociously attempted to roof the...

Video- The Puck Needs To Go In The Net Before The Celebration Starts

Ask Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.

The Morning After Round-Up: Predators 4, Leafs 1

Last night's Nashville Predators win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was not pretty to watch but was a necessarily evil in the long slate of 82 games that make up the NHL regular season.After watching a game on Tuesday against Washington that had to make most folks top ten Preds' games, the game with the Leafs was very ugly by comparison. The first period was dull as dirt...

POTG Predators Seven Stories: Robot Polar Bear Cures Snoring Edition

Will David Legwand return to the Predator's lineup against Columbus? Amanda DiPaolo thinks that he will.Josh Cooper spoke with Craig Smith about "the miss" on Friday after he was MIA after the game on Thursday. Barry Trotz was right about ending up on all the highlight reels including Deadspin.Corey Erdman catches up with new Predators owner W. Brett Wilson for a Q...

Puck Headlines: Crosby ruled out; Perron cleared; Trotz on Smith

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • "It was at that point when FutureJoe Thornton knew his time traveling had paid off, having the chance to relive his goal against the Red Wings in 2011 as a fan…" • David Perron of the St. Louis...
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