Friday, December 31, 2010

Preds down Wild 4-1, snap five game losing streak


The Nashville Predators snapped their five game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in a New Year's Eve showdown. Pekka Rinne had a much better performance than the one against Dallas on Tuesday night, and the Preds picked up a much needed two points.

1st Period

  • For the first time in two weeks, the Preds got on the board first, thanks to a Cody Franson goal at 4:23 on a delayed penalty. Even though it technically isn't a power play goal, it's pretty much the same scenario, with two extra players on the ice. Gotta find the positives somewhere, right?
  • Marek Svatos was really buzzing around the ice on his first shift. You think he's excited to be back in the NHL? Something tells me he wants to prove he belongs, and he'll get that chance in Nashville.
  • Pekka seemed to be controlling his rebounds better than he did Tuesday night. He got an assist from his best friend, but definitely seemed to be much sharper in the first.
  • Great to see David Legwand back out on ice. Hopefully he can stay injury free for the rest of the season. He was sorely missed.

2nd Period 

  • One thing's for sure: new acquistion Marek Svatos isn't afraid to shoot. He had a golden opportunity early in the period off a feed from Colin Wilson, but credit Nicklas Backstrom for making a great save. He ended up with 3 SOG in 9:59 of ice time. Not bad for his first game.
  • You know what happens when you put the puck on net? Ask Patric Hornqvist, who deflected a Shea Weber wrister from the blue line at 10:28. After Horndog put 14 shots on goal Tuesday night, potting one tonight must've been sweet relief.

3rd Period

  • Solid defense from the Preds in the third, only allowing 4 SOG in the third. The Wild made the most out of those four shots, and Chuck Kobasew ended Rinne's shutout bid at 18:06 via a deflection of a Martin Havlat shot from the point.
  • It got a little hairy for the Preds immediately following the goal, but Pekka and the defense stood tall, and empty-netters from Joel Ward and Sergei Kostitsyn sealed the deal.
Big road win for the Preds, as they will spend 10 of the 13 games in January away from the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena. The Preds will start 2011 at home against Central division rival Columbus, before packing their bags for the west coast.

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