Preds Lose a Tough Game in a Shootout

Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 2 SO

The Nashville Predators lose a tough game in a shootout to the hated, San Jose Sharks. The Sharks pretty much controlled most of this game, but the Predators were able to squeak one goal in. Even though the Predators were to get one point, it is still a sucky loss. Now, Nashville is only a point away from taking 4th place. Hopefully, Paul Gaustad is okay after his injury. 

One positive thing to take out of this game was to protection of Pekka Rinne. Every single time a Shark came near, or touched, Rinne, the Preds were all over them. I liked that a lot, and I know Peks appreciated it as well.

Paul Gaustad Injured

Paul Gaustad left the game in the third period with 11:10 remaining. Paul Gaustad was circling around, but Dominic Moore hit him from behind. Gaustad landed awkwardly on his left hand.Gaustad left the ice holding his left wrist. The Predators medical staff said it was an “upper body” injury.  

Paul Gaustad didn’t return, and the Predators don’t need him to be out long. Even though Nashville has a lot of offensive depth, he has skills that other players on this team clearly don’t have. A. size, and B. Face-off specialist. Hope he is back, ready to go by Saturday in Los Angeles.

Barry Trotz Line-Up Moves

The roster carousel continued tonight by making, once another, unexpected roster change. Tonight, Barry Trotz put Brandon Yip in the line-up, while he took out Gabriel Bourque. While I am happy that Yip is finally back in the line-up, I am surprised that he took out Bourque.

I have been pleading to put in Brandon Yip since March 8, when he scored a goal in his first game back in the line-up. Tonight is the first time he is back in the line-up since that time. Yip has played his role well, and I hope he gets more ice time because he has earned it in his little time in the line-up.

I didn’t like the move of scratching Gabriel Bourque. That speedy youngster seems to have been doing everything well. Bourque has taken the place of Jerred Smithson by playing “Predators hockey.” I was thinking that Craig Smith or Colin Wilson would be scratched over GabrielBourque. 

I guess what Trotz is trying to do is have everyone play to get prepared for the playoffs. It makes sense, but I wouldn’t do it if I was the Head Coach of the Nashville Predators. Yes we do have depth, but roll with the guys you are taking to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

At the End of the Day

The Western Conference constantly moves teams around, up and down, sideways, well maybe not sideways. But you get my point. The West is very competitive and no team is completely out of a playoff chance. Here is the new look at the Western Conference.

# Team Div GP P ROW
1 Blues CEN 72 98 41
2 Canucks NW 70 92 35
3 Stars PAC 71 83 33
4 Red Wings CEN 71 91 37
5 Predators CEN 70 90 37
6 Blackhawks CEN 71 84 33
7 Coyotes PAC 72 81 30
8 Avalanche NW 73 81 29
9 Sharks PAC 70 80 28
10 Flames NW 71 80 31
11 Kings PAC 70 78 28

I don’t get to do this every Recap, but because this was the last game of the day, I almost had to!

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
10/25 SJS NSH 3-1 SJS
11/5 NSH SJS 4-3 NSH
2/25 SJS NSH 2-6 NSH
3/15 NSH SJS 1-2 SJS

Line Up Report

Starting Goalies:

Name Saves Shots Decision SV % TOI
Pekka Rinne 34 35 L .971 65:00
Antti Niemi 32 33 W .970 64:55

Predators Scratches: #8 D Kevin Klein (Upper Body), #59 D Roman Josi (Upper Body), #23 W Brian McGrattan, #24 W Matt Halischuk, #57 W Gabriel Bourque and #72 W Jack Maclellan

Sharks Scratches: #57 W Tommy Wingels (Upper Body), #2 D Jim Vandermeer, #5 D Colin White, #10 W Brad Winchester and #26 C Michal Handzus

Period By Period Summary

1st Period

  • The first several minutes was all San Jose except a few minor attacks by the Predators. San Jose out-shot Nashville 6-1 at the first TV timeout, which was around 7:20 in.
  • 11:23 in, Sergei Kostitsyn drew a high-sticking call entering the Sharks’ zone by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic received only a minor.
  • 13:18 in, Patric Hornqvist received a pass from Mike Fisher on the right wall of Niemi.Hornqvist turned, waited, and scored over the shoulder of Niemi to make it 1-0 Nashville. That goal was on the Power Play by the way.
  • 13:52 in, there was a huge battle for the puck in front of Antti Niemi after Sergei Kostitsyntook a shot from the left circle. The puck squirted away as Sergei was trying to pick the puck up.
  • 14:28 in, Andrei Kostitsyn was called for slashing. Andrei broke a Sharks’ player stick, immediately after the face-off.
  • 16:28 in, the Predators killed off the slashing penalty. Although, the Sharks put on a lot pressure. San Jose had 4 shots on that power play chance.
  • 18:00-19:00 in, Martin Erat and TJ Galiardi had an interesting chat before the draw. Both were in each other’s faces a couple of times.
  • At the end of the 1st Period, Nashville led 1-0. San Jose out-shot Nashville, 13-7.

Second Period

  • 3:20 in, Francis Bouillon turned the puck over in the Nashville zone by throwing it across the slot. Luckily, Pekka Rinne was able to stop the pointblank shot from Galiardi.
  • 9:58 in, Barry Trotz called a Time Out to give some rest to Spaling-Yip-Tootoo after Brandon Yip sent the puck down for icing.
  • 12:10 in, Craig Smith was hit from behind twice in front of a referee. No call at all.
  • 14:19 in, Martin Havlat had Rinne down and out, but because Rinne is so quick, he was able to stop Havlat flip over.
  • 15:43 in, there was a huge scrum in the crease of Rinne as he was wailing on Martin Havlat.Havlat took the feet out from underneath of Rinne.
  • Daniel Winnick was called for tripping, as he tripped Jack Hillen in the corner before the scrum started. Martin Havlat and Paul Gaustad were given minors for roughing. PP went to Nashville.
  • 17:43 in, Daniel Winnick’s tripping call was killed off.
  • 19:49 in, David Legwand went to the box for interference. The penalty carried over to the third period.
  • At the end of the second, the score stood 1-0 Predators. San Jose out-shot Nashville, 28-20.

Third Period

  • 0:55 in, Joe Thornton scored on the Power Play. A shot from the point deflected to Thornton, who had the open net, just slammed the puck home to tie the game.
  • 4:47 in, Anderi Kostitsyn took another penalty. This time, it was for high-sticking Logan Couture. Luckily, it was only a minor. The penalty was killed off.
  • 7:34 in, David Legwand was robbed of a goal as he received a pass from Hornqvist.Legwand had a break-away but was stopped by Niemi’s leg pad.
  • 11:10 in, Paul Gaustad struggled getting off the ice and went to the dressing room. It was unapparent what was wrong with him, but looking the replay, it looked like it was his wrist.Gaustad landed on it wrong.
  • 19:03 in, Hornqvist-Legwand-Andrei were putting on some heavy pressure on Niemi. They couldn’t score.
  • Regulation ended tied at 1. Overtime… San Jose out-shot Nashville 32-30.

Overtime

  • 1:20 in, Brent Burns had a monster shot that was just deflected off of Rinne’s blocker. The Sharks were dominating.
  • 2:05 in, Boyle broke through the Preds defenseman as he went one on one with Rinne. Peksstopped him, and the OT continued.
  • 3:15 in, Shea Weber was alone on the left of Niemi. Webs decided to pass and try to set up a one-timer. It was unsuccessful. Shoot Shea Shoot!
  • 4:46 in, Craig Smith deflected a shot by Jack Hillen that was stopped by Niemi.
  • 4:57 in, Shea Weber went to the box for tripping.
  • 4:57 in, the Todd McLellan called a Timeout
  • 4:59 in, Patrick Marleau received the puck in front of the net, but the back-hand went wide of the net.

Shootout

  • Martin Havlat: Went left to center and tried to shoot five-hole, but no goal.
  • Craig Smith: Deke and went glove side, no goal.
  • Joe Pavelski: Fast in and shot, no goal.
  • Andrei Kostitsyn: Lost the puck, but shot weakly. No goal.
  • Ryan Clowe: Deked right to left and scored blocker side.
  • David Legwand: Fake forehand-backhand. Stopped glove side.

Scoring Summary

PP Patric Hornqvist – Fisher and Erat at 13:18 in the 1st
PP Joe Thornton – Marleau and Boyle at 0:55 in the 3rd
SO Ryan Clowe

San Jose Sharks Players To Watch:

Name G A +/- TOI
#19 Joe Thornton 1 0 0 20:28
#39 Logan Couture 0 0 0 19:00
#8 Joe Pavelski 0 0 0 23:23

My Three Stars of the Game

1. Pekka Rinne: 34 Saves
2. Antti Niemi: 32 Saves
3. Dan Boyle: 1 Assist, 5 Shots, 26:58 TOI

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