Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the return of the team who went to Stanley Cup playoffs last season. Nashville Predators, you have made fans around the country proud tonight and St. Louis Blues fans sob into their pillows.
The Predators certainly ended their record long road trip on a high note tonight in the Scottrade Center with their 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. And what a game it was! Ryan Ellis started it all off with his power play goal only two minutes into the game, following the mad drive to the net.
In what proved to be a theme of the night, the Preds kept the pressure pushing down on the St. Louis net, following up with a goal from Clune at sixteen minutes in (the first goal of his career!) and another off a rebound from Spaling with less than a minute left in the first period.
Three Nashville goals. In the first period. IT’S A MIRACLE.
The scoring palooza didn’t end there. The second period commenced with the same level of play from the Preds, particularly in the way Rinne handled the net, batting away all unwanted pucks. In the same way, the Predators out at the Blues net found the loose pucks, starting again in the second with Klein’s hammered in goal at the nine minute mark.
Down at 4-0, the Blues tried a new tactic, pulling goalie Elliott in favor of rookie Allen. Unfortunately for Allen, his first game was christened by a Nashville goal less than a minute after taking over the net thanks to Gabriel Bourque.
The Blues were determine though, with Pietrangelo putting his team on the board with a power play goal snapped up over Rinne’s stick into the corner of the net.
But the Predators refused to let the goal go unanswered in such an uplifting game. Martin Erat took back his goal scoring legacy of the “Marty Party” with the final goal of the night with three and a half minutes left to go, ending the game on a note of a 6-1 win for Nashville.
Now the Preds can head home, holding a record of four wins and three losses for this road trip. Up next will be the return of the Kings on Thursday night at 8 pm EST as LA looks for its first win against Nashville this season.
In the meantime, can all the fans out in the great wide world just bask in the fact that the Predators are back in form? The team pushed the game to the St. Louis net and did not let up the entire game; a far cry from the shootout games they have been playing for the opening of the season.
Let’s do it again Smashville!