Predators Finally Beat Stars in Gill’s Debut

Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2

The Nashville Predators finally found a way to beat the Dallas Stars this season. The game went down to the wire when the Stars pulled their goalie, while on the power play. 

My recap was almost all done, and I accidentally clicked the X button. Of course, I couldn’t retrieve it and it wasn’t save. But, I still did a decent job on everything. Although, there will be no “Period By Period Summary” until much later tonight. So, I will tweet when it is available.


Season Series

Date Away Home Result
12/23 NSH DAL 3-6 DAL
1/5 DAL NSH 4-1 DAL
2/19 NSH DAL 3-2 NSH

Line Up Report

Starting Goalies 

Goalie Saves Shots SV %
Pekka Rinne 22 24 .917
Kari Lehtonen 18 21 .857

Nashville Scratches: #38 Jack Hillen and #12 C Mike Fisher (Flu)

Dallas Scratches: #14 W Jamie Benn (Left Knee Laceration), #44 D Sheldon Souray (Foot) and #17 C Toby Petersen

Period By Period Summary
First Period

  • 6:49 in, Michael Ryder scored the first goal of the game. Mike Ribeiro tried a wrap-around and his attempt was deflected to Ryder in front of the net, who roofed it over Rinne to make it 1-0 Dallas.
  • 15:39 in, Gabriel Bourque scored after a deflection from David Legwand. But, the way Legwand received the puck is crazy and stupid. Matt Halischuk had a great opportunity to shoot, but instead passed cross-ice to Legwand. That goal tied the game up, 1-1.
  • 16:38 in, Philip Larsen took an unnecessary penalty by high-sticking Sergei Kostitsyn, without having the puck. The Predators would capitalize.
  • Craig Smith was taken down by Mark Fistric, without the puck. Remember, Fistric was the player who gave Shea Weber the concussion and fought Jordin Tootoo the last time they met.
  • Shea Weber scored the final goal in the period with 0.1 seconds remaining in the period. Weber scored off a juicy rebound to make it 2-1 Nashville.
  • The period ended with the Predators out-shooting the Stars, 10-8.

Second Period

  • 9:52 in, a goal by Shea Weber was overturned because Matt Halischuk knocked the puck into the net with his glove. The sad thing was that Weber’s shot was going to go in without Halischuk even touching the puck.
  • 16:05 in, the Predators ended up scoring from Colin Wilson. Wilson worked hard to score this goal. He went around Trevor Daley and Tom Wandell to score backhanded, glove side to make it 3-1 Nashville.
  • The second period ended with both teams shooting 5 times.

Third Period


  • 2:44 in, Pekka Rinne had to make a juggling save in the crease from the right side. He kept the Preds in the game.
  • 6:02 in, Ryan Garbutt rang a shot off the post. That also kept the Predators in the game. Rinne should probably by the post dinner.
  • 15:11 in, Alex Goligoski came down from the point to the right boards. He rang the shot off the post and in, blocker side. The goal cut the lead to 3-2 Nashville.
  • 17:55 in, Hal Gill, a PK specialist, took a tripping penalty. Gill’s was the only penalty for the Nashville Predators.
  • Even though the Stars pulled their goalie while on the PP, the Stars couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net.
  • Nashville won, 3-2.
  • Dallas out-shot Nashville, 11-6 in the third period.

How To Beat The Goalie

I thought that Richard Bachman was going to get the start when I wrote the Preview. Kari Lehtonen started last night, so it only made sense that Bachman would start for this game. What I am trying to say is that there is no story…

Although, I did find that Lehtonen was a rebound machine and over committed out of his crease a bit too much. Most of the goals the Predators scored were from Lehtonen out of position and giving up half of the net.

Hal Gill’s First Game

Hal Gill had a decent game tonight. Gill wasn’t flashy, and will never be. He played very conservative and it worked out well. 
Finished the day with: a 2+/-, 2 Penalty Minutes, 1 Shot, and 16:23 of ice time.

For in-depth coverage of Gill’ first game, go to Smashville 24/7.

7 Defensemen


Name Goals Assists +/- TOI
Shea Weber 1 0 -1 24:03
Ryan Suter 0 1 0 25:30
Francis Bouillon 0 0 -1 17:51
Ryan Ellis 0 0 0 3:56
Roman Josi 0 0 1 15:33
Hal Gill 0 0 2 16:23
Kevin Klein 0 0 -1 17:22

The Nashville Predators had to go with seven defensemen in this game due to Mike Fisher being scratched this game due to having the flu. With no extra forwards in the line-up and having Patric Hornqvist and Brian McGrattan on injured reserve. 

As we can tell by the stats chart, Ryan Ellis was just a bench warmer. We can expect, by this game, that Ellis will be the man scratched Tuesday.

Kevin Klein and Francis Bouillon didn’t have a great night tonight. Neither did Shea Weber, even though he has over 24 minutes of ice time. Hal Gill had a good game by not being scored on and was on the ice when the Predators scored. We can only hope to see that the rest of the season.

Scoring Summary

Michael Ryder – Ribeiro and Ericksson at 6:49 in the 1st
Gabriel Bourque – Legwand and Halischuk at 15:39 in the 1st
PP Shea Weber – Suter and Kostitsyn at 19:59 in the 1st
Colin Wilson – Tootoo and Rinne at 16:05 in the 2nd
Alex Goligoski – unassisted at 15:11 in the 3rd

The Dallas Stars Players To Watch:

Name Goals Assists
Loui Ericksson 0 1
Michael Ryder 1 0
Alex Goligoski 1 0

Game Highlights