Post-Game Musings: vs. San Jose

Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 11:51 PM / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators scored early and often Saturday night, downing the San Jose Sharks 6-2 at Bridgestone Arena. Shea Weber scored twice, three other players registered multi-point games and goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 32 of 34 San Jose shots as the Predators recorded their 36th victory of the season.

Jordin Tootoo sparked a fast start for the Predators when he took a turnover in the neutral zone, created a two-on-one by out-racing defenseman Colin White down the right side and centered to Colin Wilson, who scored his 14th goal of the season to make it 1-0 just 2:03 into the game.

Weber scored the first of his pair 1:20 later, giving the Predators a lead they would not relinquish. Patrick Marleau put the Sharks on the board at 10:58 of the period but defenseman Kevin Klein re-established the home side’s two-goal lead five minutes later. Nashville went into the first intermission up 3-1.

San Jose’s last bit of offense came at the beginning of the second period, when Joe Pavelski shocked the home crowd with a tally just 23 seconds into the middle frame. But a power play goal by Weber later in the second, plus diligent third-period work from Rinne and insurance goals by Martin Erat and Nick Spaling, secured the win.

The Predators, who have collected five of six available points on their current homestand, wrap up the four-game residency on Monday against the L.A. Kings. Game time is 7 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena.


THREE OBSERVATIONS
Points From the Blueline: Defensemen have scored four of Nashville’s last eight goals. Two of those came from team captain Shea Weber on Saturday—his second two-goal outing of the season. Weber, now with 14 tallies, is tied with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson for the most goals from a defenseman this season, and tied with Florida’s Jason Garrison for the most power-play goals by a defenseman with eight. Weber’s defensive partner, Ryan Suter, assisted on Weber’s second goal and now has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in his last eight games.


Wilson Heating Up: Colin Wilson picked up where he left off against the Blues on Thursday night. The 22-year-old scored Nashville’s final goal in that game, then the Preds’ first goal Saturday night versus San Jose. He has three goals in his last four games, and is now three points away from tying his career-high in points.


Hornqvist’s Return: Patric Hornqvist returned to the Predators’ lineup Saturday after missing five games with an upper-body injury. Though he didn’t turn up on the scoresheet, he was a +1 with one shot on net in 13:33 of ice time and had a great view for Kevin Klein’s game-winner; Hornqvist, who started that sequence was set up in his familiar front-of-the-net location on the play.


THREE QUOTES
David Legwand: “It was nice obviously to start out and get the lead and play with the lead all night. … Pekka [Rinne] stood strong in the third. We didn’t have very many shots but we’ve got to do a better job at that. Every game there’s going to be something to get better at.”

Shea Weber: “I still think we’ve got to be better, especially early in periods. At the start of the second period we gave up a goal right away and that could have cost us there. They could have got the momentum. But I think we did a good job coming back from that, getting the momentum back.”

Colin Wilson: “I feel how I normally feel but pucks are just going in right now. It’s just the way the season goes; sometimes I’m playing well and pucks aren’t going in. Sometimes I’m playing terrible and pucks are going in. Right now they’re going in and I’m happy about that.”


THREE STARS
1. D, Shea Weber (NSH): 2 goals on 2 shots; 3 hits; 1 blocked shot
2. F, Colin Wilson (NSH): 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, +2
3. F, Jordin Tootoo (NSH): 2 assists, team-high 4 shots; 3 hits

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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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