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10th: Mario Lemieux makes his only career appearance at the Sommet Center

Wednesday, 02.27.2008 / 7:20 AM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Mario Lemieux makes his only career appearance at the Sommet Center
February 27, 2003

The Nashville Predators were supposed to be awestruck at presence of Mario Lemieux in the Sommet Center, but they were too busy scoring goals to get caught up at the sight of “Le Magnifique.”

In is lone appearance in the city as a player, the Predators scored early and often, and received a 22-save effort from goaltender Tomas Vokoun en route to a 6-0 smashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins for their second consecutive white-washing.

“This was another step for us,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “Wayne Gretzky came to our building and we were in total awe of him – he had five points and they beat us. Mario continues to amaze me, but we did an outstanding job of keeping him in check.”

Captain Greg Johnson paced the squad offensively with two goals and an assist, while Vokoun tied a franchise record for goalie victories in a season with 23 – a mark he would shatter in 2005-06 with 36 wins. With the win Nashville improved to 7-1-0 in their previous eight games, and tied the franchise record with their sixth straight home victory.

“We've been playing well for a long period,” Trotz said. “I just think we have stayed focused. The biggest thing we have to do right now is not get too full of ourselves.”
SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00