Anders Linback gets the win at net and Nashville ends the 4 game losing streak. Great job and great effort. The series between these two teams are 2-1-0 Edmonton. Read the recap.
Line Up News
Starting Goalies: #39 Anders Lindback with 18 saves and 1 assist. #35 Nikolai Khabibulin with 29 saves.
Scratches for the Predators: #23 F Brian McGratton and #51 D Francis Bouillon.
Scratches for the Oilers: #4 W Taylor Hall and #55 W Ben Eager
Period by Period Thoughts & Important Plays
Nashville picked up right from Saturday in Detroit. Shea Weber turns the puck over in the defensive zone right to Nugent-Hopkins. With all the time in the world, he passed it to Jordan Eberle. Eberle went around the net and shot on Anders Lindback. Eberle got his rebound back and went over the shoulder with all the time in the world. That goal made it 1-0. Not a great period, but one of the better on this trip. For once, Preds are out shooting a team! 6-4 over the Oilers.
The Tootoo-Geoffrion-Smith line was the best line that period. That line generated shots and chances. Hits were flying and the forechecking was great! Then, Geoffrion was hit behind the net by Ryan Jones. Geoffrion went off and looked like it was his shoulder. He didn’t return and was classified as a “upper body” injury. Jones received a major and that play changed the game’s intensity. Penalties by Nashville erased most of the major. Weber who enters the zone, evades a Oiler and just shot on net. The shot went right past Khabibulin to make it tied at 1-1. The Predators played their best period in the 2nd, out shooting Edmonton 16-7.
Linback went down after a nice shot by Belanger. It might have hit him inside the pad where all you have is a knee pad. Lindback was fine and came back in. A close call on a great save by Lindback. Just sat on the puck as soon as it went off the post. After heavy pressure by Craig Smith, he passed the puck behind the net to Tootoo. Tootoo quickly passed the puck to Nick Spaling, in front of the net, to score to make it 2-1 Preds. Both teams took TOs in the last 1:30 of regulation. The last minute was close but Edmonton could not tie it up. Nashville out-shot Edmonton 9-7 in the 3rd. In the game, the Preds out-shot the Oilers 31-18.
Players To Watch Stats:
#10 F Shawn Horcoff with 0 points, #64 W Ryan Smyth with 0 points, and #93 F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 1 assist.
Goals & Assists of The Game
Jordan Eberle – Nugent-Hopkins at 7:07 in the 1st
PP Shea Weber – Suter and Lindback at 11:34 in the 2nd
Nick Spaling – Tootoo and Smith at 12:21 in the 3rd
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