Preds Rookies Earn Shootout Win, Split Series with Thrashers

Tuesday, 09.23.2008 / 2:26 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Rookies Earn Shootout Win, Split Series with Thrashers
Nashville Predators free-agent invite Brandon Buck scored the shootout-deciding tally as the Predators rookies topped the Atlanta Thrashers rookies, 3-2, in a matinee contest at the Sommet Center on Tuesday. Both rookie games between the two squads needed a shootout to decide the outcome, with Atlanta’s youngsters prevailing by an identical score Monday night.

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Three of the four regulation goals came while skating with the man advantage. Nashville finished 1-6 on the power play behind the first goal of the game by Nick Spaling, at 5:05 of the opening 15-minute session Grant Lewis in the box for hooking.

The Thrashers would answer with a man-advantage marker of their own at the 12:50 mark of the first after Riley Hozapfel slammed home a centering pass from Tomas Pospisil.

The standout line of Mike Santorelli paired with Andreas Thuresson and Ryan Jones would combine for the lone five-on-five goal of the game with 2:50 expired in the middle frame. Santorelli’s second goal is as many days came on a rebound attempt – he slammed an initial stuff attempt home by Jones.

Atlanta would even the score at two apiece just 22 seconds into the third period with 2005 Predators draft pick Ryan Maki in the box. Chad Painchaud lifted a quick wrist shot over the outstretched blocker of Mark Dekanich for his second goal of the series, with Angelo Esposito and Lewis being credited with assists.

Buck’s goal on the first attempt of the shootout was all Nashville would need, but defenseman Robert Dietrich would also solve netminder Chris Carrozzi in the penalty-shot competition to ice it for Nashville. Painchaud and Esposito were both stymied by Predators goalie Dekanich on their attempts, while Carrozzi made one save on Mark Santorelli.

Atlanta outshot Nashville 34-21 for the 45-minute game.

First Period
5:05 NSH Spaling PPG (Matheson, Blum), 12:50 ATL Holzapfel PPG (Pospisil)

Second Period
2:50 Mike Santorelli (Jones, Thuresson)

Third Period
:21 Painchaud PPG (Esposito, Lewis)

Overtime
None

Goaltenders
NSH Pickard 15 min., 12 svs., 1 ga
NSH Smith 15 min., 9 svs., 0 ga
(W) NSH Dekanich 20 min., 11 svs., 1 ga
ATL Carrozzi 50 min., 19 svs., 2 ga

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61