Game of the Night (1/21): Shootout in Music City (Nashville vs. St. Louis)

Posted: January 22, 2013 by David Phillips in Analysis, Game Summary
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Three Stars NSH/STLThe Blues, who opened the season by pounding Detroit 6-0, got a goal and two assists from rising rookie Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout win vs. Nashville. The rookie has been brilliant thus far and is getting early consideration for the Calder. Tarasenko is currently leading the team with 5 pts.

Patrick Hornqvist scored goal and two assists to lead the Predators, who lost for the second time in as many games by a shootout. They lost to Columbus Saturday night. Despite not having won, Nashville has come out of opening weekend with 2 pts.

“We haven’t been beaten in a game,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ve been beaten in a little bit of a skills competition. At the same time, it’s huge, especially the extra points in the League right now. If you can get them in the shootout, let’s take them. But I thought today’s game was a man’s game. … Tonight’s was a man’s game. You had to put your big-boy pants on and go. I thought we handled it pretty good.”

Mid-way through the first period, Nashville opened the scoring. A quick passing sequence in the neutral zone opened up a nice lane for Colin Wilson. Hornqvist and Ellis won a battle a long the boards while Wilson supported them. Ellis then gave Wilson a breakout pass and the three players took off. A nice passing play at center ice drew the defensemen and back-checkers to the outside lane. This opened up Colin Wilson who netted one over the blocker of Halak.

Not too long after, Tarasenko struck again. Tarasenko’s goal was the rookie’s third of the season, and McDonald’s goal came on the power play off a great, heads-up pass from Tarasenko.

The Blues had the ice tilted, but David Perron slashing penalty, giving the Preds a late period power play. Fisher scored with 2:47 left in the opening period. Despite Nashville managed to tie the game despite being outshot 14-6.

The big reason for that was Pekka Rinne. The Predators goalie made 35 saves in their loss.

In the second period, Nashville capitalized on another power play. Erat found Hornqvist at the side of the net and he backhanded it through Halak, whose night was finished. Brian Elliot entered in relief and was sharp, not allowing anything.

Alex Pietrangelo scored from a sharp angle to tie it at three in the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko got another assist on the play.

Though there were chaNSH/STL shootoutnces in overtime, neither team could capitalize. To a shootout it went. The Blues were able to beat Rinne twice and Elliot was solid, letting nothing through.

Goalie Stats NSH/STL (1/21)




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