Sports — 25 January 2013
By Ron Wynn
The NHL season is only four games long, but there’s far more urgency attached to the daily outcomes than would be the case in a normal 82-game year. With only 48 games, teams can’t really afford to either blow games or not show up for them and that’s what happened Thursday night to the Nashville Predators.
Not only were they defeated 3-0 by the St. Louis Blues (their second loss to them this season) but Nashville got only 13 shots the entire game. There were a couple of power plays where it looked as though St. Louis was the team with the extra skater rather than the Predators.
Pekka Rinne had 21 saves, including some big stops that kept the margin from being worse. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring for St. Louis at the 12:59 mark, getting his third goal of the early season. Patrik Berglund got the key second goal on a penalty shot in the second quarter, and from that point Nashville was definitely having a tough time.
The Predators got only three shots on goal in the first period and four in the second. They finally came alive in the third with six, but Jaroslav Halak, who’d been replaced in net the last time he faced the Predators, stopped everything that came his way. The Predators did kill three of four penalties, but didn’t score despite having four power play opportunities.
Their next game is Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks, as their seven-game road trip continues.This was the first game so far that the Predators didn’t get any points.
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