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Post-Game Musings: vs. San Jose

Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 10:51 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: vs. San Jose
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

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

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