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TN • United States • 40 Years Old • Male

What A Night

Posted 10:50 AM ET | Comments 5
I am still at a loss as to how to describe last nights game. It was electric. It was amped. It was hockey heaven for a Preds fan. I cannot imagine a more gutsy performance or never say die attitude than what the Preds displayed last night.

Some observations:

Following the two goals in 9 seconds to give the Preds the lead the place went berserk! For the final four and a half minutes the place was on it's feet yelling and screaming. My ears we're ringing as I left the game last night...and no that is not an exaggeration. It was that loud!

I mentioned in a couple of my in live game blogs (over at http://predjoe.wordpress.com/) that Hasek appeared a little shaky last night...like he could give up some goals last night. Hasek was not sharp last night and the go ahead goal was one that normally he would get. Is this is a sign of things to come? Is there a point that Osgood gets the call?

Our sloppy play is still leading to Red Wing chances and goals. A nuetral zone turnover by Radulov led directly to the early third period goal by Pavel Datsyuk. The Preds have got to be stronger on the puck and watch the errant passes.

As much as I want to believe it we just don't have an answer to Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Holmstrom...these guys are good. Very good. We have solid players but not all stars who you fear will score anytime they touch the puck.

Barry Trotz did what he rarely does
when he switched things up midstream last night and put Arnott, Radulov and Erat back together and put Leggy with Dumont and Hlavic. It was just what the doctor ordered. I was thrilled ot see the on the fly adjustments and can't wait to see what he throws out for game two.

Legwand looked great last night. He was flying all around and had five shots on net. He was a big reason we won that game last night!

Dan Ellis continues to play solid in net. While not pressured as much last night he made the big saves when he needed to. While not his best performance of the year it was good enough for his first playoff win.

The fans last night made a difference. After last night I would put our building against any other in the league. We may be rednecks, we may not have been born with skates on our feet, some of these people may have never heard of hockey prior to this team but we are fans. Great fans who love our team and our city and will let them know whenever we can!
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April 15, 2008 11:31 AM ET | Delete
I disagree with ya Joe - it seems to me that the times Detroit's top line scores WE are the problem. A turnover, a defensive breakdown, someone where they should be, something like that happens and, like the amazing players they are, they capitalize on it big time. I think that's the big difference in a lot of teams. All these pros are great, but who capitalizes when the opportunity arises? Detroit seems to ALWAYS do it. As long as we play smart, we'll be fine - its not like they're going to outmuscle us unlike some teams we know.
April 15, 2008 5:24 PM ET | Delete
That was awesome what the Preds did last night. Predjoe I can remember coming home with ringing hears after all of the Sabre playoff games so I know what you're talking about. It was funny how pissed off Arnott was after one of his teammates (not sure who) jumped on him during the goal celebration. Nashville has awesome hockey fans and if others didn't believe it before last night than they surely were proven wrong. I hope the Preds can pull the upset off, but I would say this season has already been a success for them. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!
April 16, 2008 10:52 AM ET | Delete
Thanks for the positive comments sabres51. Time to repeat Monday's results. 8:00 pm tonight it starts again. Go Preds!
April 16, 2008 2:10 PM ET | Delete
arwilson529 - I have to disagree with you disagreeing with me :). My point was not about us not having breakdowns (we do...quite a bit) but rather that Detroit is stacked with talent. Who would you trade for Datsyuk? Who would you trade for Zetterberg, Lidstrom or Holmstrom? That is more my point. On paper we should NOT be in this...luckily for us we don't play on paper but on ice.
April 16, 2008 2:28 PM ET | Delete
Hey Predjoe. I've been watching hockey and attending games since the 70's (NY Ranger Fan) and I have not experienced anything close to the atmosphere I experienced on Monday. I hope they can build on it and tie it up tonight. Detroit has far superior talent, but hockey is one sport where momentum can carry you to places you don't belong. Have a great time tonight and see you at the Sommet Ctr
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