Early Nominee For Game of the Season

Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 2:31 PM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's 2011-12 Season Blog
Yesterday's game against Washington earns my early distinction for most exciting game of the year, and it certainly will be in the running once this season has reached its conclusion!

If you missed the game the other night, you missed some great hockey. A scoreless draw through 55 minutes that ended with four goals? Harumph you say! Well it happened, and for those who don't think scoreless hockey can be exciting - this was the game you lost your bet. Each team had several high-quality scoring chances and were turned away time and time again by Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Washington's Tomas Vokoun. Each goaltender played well, but Rinne deserved the win, turning in one of the best performances either Stu Grimson or I could remember having seen.

What I truly enjoyed about the game was Nashville's ability to bounce back, and that it was the captian Shea Weber who set up the tying goal exactly 30 seconds after the Caps' opening salvo. Weber charged into the rush down the right wing side and fed Martin Erat to knot things up quickly and really get the entire arena going.

Topping off the game was Colin Wilson's awesome goal and Pekka Rinne's 39 save performance. Every single fan I talked to after the game was pumped up and excited for the way things went. The win was dramatic and against one of the most purely talented teams in the NHL. Even though it was a Tuesday night, the energy in the building was amazing.

If you have some free time before the Predators head out on the road next week, try to catch the games against Toronto Thursday, Columbus Saturday or Edmonton next Tuesday. Both Toronto and Edmonton are off to good starts and have a lot of talent, while Columbus is always fun just because we are their Darth Vader you know. You never know what you'll miss out on if you don't make it to the game!

Now I'm going to rest up and see if I can't muster that same energy once again tomorrow night against the Leafs. Until next time, keep your stick on the ice!


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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