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Mully's Musings: vs. Montreal

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 9:57 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: vs. Montreal
You kind of had that feeling coming in.

Nashville was coming off a successful five-game road trip, with four of those coming on the West Coast. Working on limited rest and an earlier-than-normal start time, the Predators hit the home ice with a little less jump that they typically have. Coach Barry Trotz even quipped afterwards that the game started at 6 p.m., but the team didn’t start playing until 7 p.m.

It resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal in Nashville’s 1000th regular season home game. Still, the Predators earned a point, something they’ve done in seven of their last eight games. Now Nashville can settle in, get back to a normal routine, and try to take advantage of playing the next four games at home, beginning with Washington on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

On to the musings…


THREE MUSINGS
Shoots and scores: It took defenseman Shea Weber 10 games before he scored his first goal of the season. It came against Anaheim on Oct. 29. Then the captain went five more games without a goal. That was until Saturday when he fired a puck past the Habs’ Peter Budaj at 3:20 of the second to tie it at 1-1. Weber hadn’t shown any frustration from not netting goals recently, and he has been producing in other ways on offense. He had three assists in a two-game span on the recent road trip, and has continued to play the All-Star caliber defense than everyone has come to expect. But after scoring on Saturday, expect Weber’s juices to get flowing as he looks to up his goal total.

A save and a point: The talents of goaltender Pekka Rinne have been widely documented. But what’s most impressive is his ability to be at his best when it counts most. With the score tied 1-1 and 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Montreal’s Erik Cole had a great scoring chance to win the game and earn two points for his team. But Rinne made a spectacular save to keep it tied, essentially getting Nashville to overtime to earn the point. It was similar to what Rinne did three games ago at San Jose, where he made a great save on a shot by Joe Pavelski with under a minute to go in regulation. Nashville went on to win 4-3 in overtime.

Big celebration: There was a palpable sense of pride and accomplishment in Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. It was the 1000th regular season game for the Predators and the sold-out crowd of 17,113 had plenty to cheer about, even though Montreal exited with the victory. David Legwand, who is still out with an upper-body injury, dropped the ceremonial first puck, longtime employees and season-ticket holders were honored, and fans could chart the club’s growth on the Megatron where clips were shown of past years. As the Preds look forward, there is much more they want to accomplish. And it’s nice for them to know there is stability from the top to the bottom as 2011-12 continues.


THREE QUOTES
G Pekka Rinne: “They’re a good team. They played well, and I think we played well, too. The atmosphere was really good for our 1000th game. In these games, you want to win them for the fans. We did everything we could for a win, but ended up a little short.”

Coach Barry Trotz: “Coming back from a long road trip, everyone is a little lethargic in the first period. We always have 7 p.m. games, and this one started at 6 p.m. We started playing at 7 p.m. but were able to survive that first period a little bit.”

D Shea Weber: “We talked about trying not to make any excuses about the travel or the time change, but we obviously came out a little sluggish.”


THREE STARS
F Max Pacioretty, Montreal: Game-winning goal, +2 rating
D Shea Weber, Nashville: 1 goal, +1 rating, game-high 28:33
F David Desharnais, Montreal: 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating

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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33