Post-Game Musings: vs. Los Angeles

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 11:54 PM / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators closed out a four-game homestand by preserving a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. But the Nashville club, which at times looked a bit flat compared to recent games, couldn’t hold on to the shutout for goaltender Pekka Rinne, who recorded his league-leading 35th win.

Roman Josi and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Predators, who wrapped up the homestand netting 7 of 8 possible points in the standings. With 81 points and sitting in fifth spot in the Western Conference, Nashville is putting some distance between itself and sixth-place Chicago (73 points).

After two good shifts from the Kings to start the game, the Preds’ line of Colin Wilson, Jordin Tootoo and Nick Spaling hopped over the boards to start tilting the ice back in the other direction. The teams went on to trade chances until Nashville defenseman Roman Josi broke the 0-0 tie with his fourth goal of the season at 18:27 of the first.

L.A.’s high-profile trade acquisition, Jeff Carter, rang a puck of the post three minutes into the second to nearly make it an even game, but the Kings’ miss was compounded by Patric Hornqvist’s goal seconds later. Playing in his second game since missing five with an upper-body injury, the Swede buried a rebound off the end boards to extend Nashville’s lead to 2-0.

The third period was relatively uneventful but L.A. grew more desperate as it wore on. The Kings finally hit paydirt, foiling Rinne’s shutout bid with less than five minutes to play. Dustin Brown got the goal at 16:36 on a pinballing play, making for a few tense moments as the clock wound its way down to zero.

The Predators will now try to build on their momentum when they venture into Raleigh Tuesday night to face the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is 6 p.m. CT.



THREE OBSERVATIONS
Roman: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi scored his second goal in three games Monday night, and now has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) on a three-game point streak. Josi seems to be looking for offensive opportunities a bit more with defensively sound partner Hal Gill backing him up, but the Swiss rookie credits a few fortunate bounces too. “I got lucky a couple of times the last couple of games and just got the points,” he said after Monday’s game.

Clamps on Carter: Kings winger Jeff Carter entered Bridgestone Arena Monday with Pred-killer-type stats: 13 points in 8 career games against the Predators, including a hat trick on Dec. 22 in Nashville. He rang a shot off the post early in the 2nd period but that was as close as he came Monday. He ended the night a -1 with just two shots after missing three times and having three other attempts blocked.

Closing in on Records: With his two assists against the Kings, center David Legwand notched his tenth multi-point game of the season and the 100th of his career. He is second all-time behind only Martin Erat’s 102 multi-point games. … Pekka Rinne, who was within 3:24 of recording his fifth shutout of the season, stopped 30 of 31 L.A. shots to notch his 35th victory of the season. That pulls the Finnish netminder within one win of the franchise record (36), set by Tomas Vokoun in 2005-06.


THREE QUOTES
Jack Hillen (on playing for the first time since being scratched six times): “I know my role right now, if something happens to somebody I need to be able to step in and be ready. I actually didn’t feel that great in the first period; it takes a little while to get used to being in a game situation. After the first period I started feeling better as the game went on.”

Patric Hornqvist (on his goal): “Sergei made a great play to Legwand there, and he actually missed the net and it ended up right on my stick and I was able to put in the net. It was nice to get the goal and to get the two points.”

Head coach Barry Trotz (on the play of Pekka Rinne): “I thought he was really good because we weren’t as good in front of him. We gave up too many chances and just weren’t firm enough on pucks. But, that’ll come.”


THREE STARS
1. G, Pekka Rinne (NSH): Stopped 30-of-31 shots to record league-leading 35th win
2. F, David Legwand (NSH): 2 assists, +2, won 8 of 13 face-offs
3. D, Roman Josi (NSH): 1 goal, +1, game-high 5 blocked shots

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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

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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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