It was a run of the mill game for this season's Predators as they didn't get much good offense and let in a couple of soft goals at home to the Devils. Devils were on the second leg of a back to back while the Preds were returning home after a brief tour of desolate Western Canada.
Weber opened the game's scoring in the first with a traditional, true to form rocket from the point. The Devils top line answered in the second with two goals where each player in the top forward unit got a touch on the puck before slotting a rather weak effort past Carter Hutton (on both occasions).
Luckily the Predators were able to rally with the sixth man as Legwand burried the puck into the open net after a hard Josi shot. The goal was enough to get an initial point for the Predators.
It looked like New Jersey could end it as Ryder was in on a breakaway only a minute into the overtime period, but he stretched himself a bit too thin while Hutton stayed with the play nicely. Ryder wasn't able to get it over the pad. Right off the next faceoff the Predators headed the other way and on a bit of a break with Wilson and Weber, the puck dropped back to the captain who made no mistake, earning the second point for the boys.
The Preds play again at home tomorrow night against a very good St. Louis side. If we don't see a better effort from the boys through three frams it could be a very long night.
– Weber was a worrisome question mark for not only all Preds fans but for most of Canada as well. He left the game in Winnipeg with an injury and hasn't done too much in practice since then. But he was on the top pairing tonight and his ice time didn't take much of a hit. He also got two goals which is a fine performance I suppose.
– Stalberg and Cullen were out again tonight, allowing lineup sports for Sissons and Beck. The Preds organization is keeping their cards pretty close to their chest about their injuries, which makes me wonder if they are trying to play them down for the trade market.
– Trotz also said that Gaustad had suffered an injury that has effected his faceoff ability, which is why Sissons has been centering that line since being called up – although Gaustad has still been the faceoff man for the Penalty Kill.
– Legwand got the game tying goal with ten seconds remaining. It wasn't a difficult goal, but under that kind of pressure it was a nice finish. If the Preds do choose to deal him their couldn't have been a better year for it. He's having a career season right now.
– Both goals on Hutton were absolutely subpar. Preds are atter again tomorrow night and Dubnyk will likely get the nod against St. Louis (dear god)
NSH 1-0: Shea Weber from Hornqvist at 6:45 in the 1st
NJ 1-1 Patrick Elias from Jagr and Zajac at 13:00 in the 2nd
NJ 2-1 Jaromir Jagr from Elias and Zajac at 18:59 in the 2nd
NSH 2-2 David Legwand from Josi and Jones at 19:49 in the 3rd
NSH 3-2 Shea Weber from Colin Wilson at 1:29 in Overtime
NSH: Carter Hutton (W) – 24 saves on 26 shots; played 60:31
NJ: Cory Schneider (L) – 30 saves on 33 shots; played 61:29
My Three Stars
1. Shea Weber :2G
2. David Legwand : 1G
3. Jaromir Jarg: 1G 1A
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Cullen, Stalberg and Bartley
Predators starters: Clune, Sissons, Gaustad, Jones, Del Zotto, Hutton
Devils scratches: Sislo, Josefson
Devils starters: Carter, Gionta, Bernier, Greene, Fayne, Schneider