The Nashville Predators have their hearts in the right place, just not in the game. The Predators, along with each of the other games going one tonight, held a moment of silence for the Boston Marathon explosion today. The Preds have heart, but not against the Vancouver Canucks.
The first period was all the Canucks’. Kesler tallied the first goal of the night just a minute and a half into the period on the power play. Roy made the game two nothing exactly three minutes later. We will say nothing of the three to one penalties that the predators took.
The second period saw the Predators score twice to even up the score before Vancouver took back the lead. Spaling scored at the exact same time as the first goal of the first period, 1:34. It took a bit longer than the Canucks to get the second goal, but Butler finally tied the game with just over eight minutes left in the second.
An unfortunate penalty for Nashville took away that tie however. Garrison scored with three minutes left to play to bring the game back in the Canucks favor 3-2.
Sad to say, the third period was once again all Canucks. Just fifty seconds into the period Burrows scored with a deflected shot straight past Rinne. There were plenty of scoring chances for the Preds in the third, but none could capitalize. And so, when the Canucks scored again with four minutes left in the game, it came with really no surprise. Not much of a surprise either was that Kesler tallied his second goal of the night with this goal.
What did the Predators do right tonight? They kept shooting the puck. In fact, the Preds outshot the Canucks 38-24, with many of these shots coming in the second period. The Preds were also forced to play in front of their goalie for sixty minutes as Rinne was never pulled for the extra attacker during this game.
What the boys in gold and blue could have done without (other than all those goals)? A few less penalties would have been great. A better penalty kill would have been nice too. Maybe this will be fixed when the Preds head back to Chicago Friday night for a 8:30 pm EST game. I know there are no playoff games in the future for this team, but let’s go out with a bang!