Sunday, February 15, 2009

Preds Show They Can Play With the Big Boys

In a solid performance, the Preds overcome a late Boston Bruins goal to win in overtime 3-2 and get two points from the top team in hockey. A lot of Preds had solid games but the stars of the night were David Legwand and Pecca Rinne. Pecca Rinne was once again solid and didn't have a ton of saves but he was huge in net when required. The save on Phil Kessel's overtime breakaway was the difference between a one and two point night. David Legwand had 2 goals and the game winner in the shootout. When he skates like he did again the Bruins, the Preds are a team to be reckoned it. Let's hope it continues.

Other food for thought.......

* Welcome back Jordan Tootoo from the hand injury. He played a big part in the Preds first goal, his shot went of Legwand's skate for the goal.
* Preds have won 7 of 10 since all star break. 14 out of a possible 20 points. Preds are now 3 points out of final playoff spot and 4 points from 5th place in the western conference.
* Not sure about that 2nd period where Preds took the 4 minor penalties. Regardless if the refs got a little picky on the calls, when chasing a playoff spot and wins are needed, the Preds must show more discipline.
* This week there are 2 games with the St. Louis Blues, 1 with the Ottawa Senators which are great chances against teams that you should beat on paper. We know hockey is not played on paper, but a solid week should yield 5-7 points. Oh yeah, there is a trip to Detroit in there as well.

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