Posts Tagged ‘martin erat’

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TIE GAME!

March 21, 2008

power play goal by Erat ties it up at three…these boys might just have some fight left in them.

Wings call a time out to try and kill the momentum.

this place is rockin!!!

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A White Knuckled Win

February 13, 2008

You know when you ride that really scary roller coaster and you thought you had a great time…that is until you get off and realize that you were clinching your fists so tight the whole time that you cut off circulation. That’s how last nights game against Detroit felt to me…a bit too much of the white knuckles.

The Start We Needed: Wow! I don’t think anyone saw that start coming. I did think, prior to the game, that Osgood had been off his game of late and that might be a good think. I was even thinking that they might give him the night off (in hindsight I’m sure the coaching staff is thinking that they should have). Three unanswered goals in the first nine minutes proved to be all that the Preds would need as they would hang on to win 4-2.

While some in the Pred Nation might be jumping up and down for joy this morning I would urge cautious optimism. If it were not for a stellar performance from Chris Mason, who turned away 40 of Detroit’s 42 shots, we would be singing a different tune today. Mason played an unbelievable game and saved the bacon many times last night. I heard a ‘die hard Pred fan’ call in this morning on 560 AM and ask if Tomas Vokoun were to come available would the Preds try to get him back. This guy, who claimed to be a season ticket holder, must of fell asleep during last nights game…heck even the last month…because Mason is about as good as they come in net right now. That was idiotic.

Can I just say how bad we played for the first ten minutes of the second period. Yes…I give Detroit credit for coming out and taking control of the game but the fact is we were asleep at the wheel and were fortunate to not give up more than we did. That was pathetic hockey. We ended up showing some life in the second but not until the medics had to get the freakin paddles!

Other Random Observations: Radulov is becoming a better player each and every day…I hope we can watch him for many more years. Pretty goal by Erat and Peverley as Osgood had no clue what they were going to do. The Preds have got to lock up Shea Weber…he’s a man-beast! Was it me or did it seem that the refs made some really ticky-tack calls last night.

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Solid Win

January 4, 2008

The Preds posted an impressive 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oliers who continue to find Nashville a tough place to play losing their fourth straight appearance here.

Getting two goals from Alexander Radulov, a goal and an assist from captain Jason Arnott, a short handed goal from Jared Smithson and JP Dumont added a powerplay goal in a game that the Preds seemed to control from the start. The Predators played a great first period (which has been typical of them this year actually) outshooting the Oilers 20-9 and leading 3-1. The Preds were flying around the ice last night during that first period throwing the body and shots at the net like their lives depended on it.

The recent play of Alexander Radulov (5 goals and 2 assists in his last five games) has to have Preds fans excited about the future of his game. We have all been waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start coming for ATG (Alexander The Great) and last night we witnesses how special he can be. He is a pure goal scorer and knows the moves to make to get to the net (his second goal last night was a thing of beauty!). He seemed to be clicking well with Arnott and Dumont last night as Erat is still trying to recover from a back injury and was limited last night.

Barry Trotz says that there is no goalie controversy here in Nashville and is being real up front about who is going to play. The bottom line is the guy who is playing better is going to get the start. I heard Trotz on a local radio show this morning mention for the third time in two days (yesterdays goalie announcement and last nights post game presser) that ‘egos will have to be pushed aside.’ If you were to read between the lines you would think that Trotz is talking directly to Mason on this one. I think, however, that this is a message to both of these guys. It’s almost like he is saying ‘I don’t care who you think should start I’m going to play who I think gives us the best shot to win.’ Right now that goalie seems to be Ellis and I hope that he gets the start tomorrow against the Wild.

Inconsistent Blogs: I apologize for my inconsistency the past few days. I came down with a terrible case of the flu and truth be told hockey blogging was the last thing on my mind. I would like to say that it will get better but I am going out of town for a week to DC for a family wedding…I am not sure how much I will be able to blog. Keep checking back…I’ll be back soon!

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Good Grief!

December 19, 2007

Seriously…it’s days like this that I hate my self imposed obligation to blog about the Preds. The day after a game that we should of won…in the midst of bad streak of games. Ugh. I just don’t feel like writing today.

I can view last nights 3-2 loss two different ways and support each view with a decent argument. The first view being that the Preds lost that game last night and the other being that the Wild won that game.

Up 2-0 going into the third the Preds seemed to have the game in hand. While the play was pretty even throughout the first two periods I felt this was the Preds game. Forty one seconds into the third the Wild tie it up just after a power play expired. Then up 2-1 Greg Zannon decides now is the time for me to pinch in and just like that we are tied up. A horrible decision by one of our better d-men. While we can’t sit back and play protective hockey you cannot make a decision like that when the game is at a critical point. The Preds lost this game.

Down 2-0 going into the third the Wild turned it up big time! Being aggressive on the forecheck and finishing their chances the Wild took control in the third. Getting production from the guys that make this team so tough (Gaborik and Rolston) the Wild scored three unanswered goals. The Wild won this game.

Ellis played well. No sure I like Tootoo on the top line…I am a huge fan of his game and I think he is going to turn into a Scott Walker mold of player (maybe even better). Nice to see the Arnott, Erat and Dumont line produce a goal last night. All three of those guys really seemed to be skating hard last night. From the hustle I saw last night it appears that the flu bug that was going through the team has left.

Preds travel to Chicago tonight…coverage on 104.5 The Zone and FSN.

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Preds Ink Legwand To Extension

December 7, 2007

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Legwand seen with Tampa Bay’s Vicent Lecavalier and San Jose’s Brad Stuart (now with LA) on draft day for 1998 entry draft.

The Predators first ever draft pick signed a deal that keeps him as a Predator for the next six years for 27 million dollars. Legwand who is making 2.1 million this year more than doubles his salary to an average of 4.5 mil a year.

Predators GM David Poile was thrilled to announce the extension. “This is the first step moving forward under new ownership and is a sign of commitment, a desire to win and a desire to keep the core of our young team together in Nashville,” said Poile. “œDavid Legwand continues to improve and take on a larger role each season. He is entering the prime of his career, and we feel that he is becoming one of the league’s most complete players.”€

This is a huge signing for the Preds and the first, I hope, of many signings to come. It’s great to see ownership stepping up and signing a key player to a long term deal. This deal sends a message to not only the fans of Nashville, (who now see this ownership group is committed to winning) but to the rest of the league as well. Other teams who may have looked at Nashville as ripe ‘for the picking’ now see this ownership group is going to be spending money.

Many fans have been tough on Legwand because of the hype he came with as the Preds first ever draft pick. They expected him to be a 50 goal scorer and perennial all star. While David will never be a 50 goal scorer he has developed into a great player and one of the best defensive forwards in the game. I am thrilled with this signing and excited that for the first time in several months the franchise has some stability.

Next up for the new owners? I hope they are working on deals to lock up Shea Weber and Martin Erat. Both of these youngsters are key pieces to the future of this club.

Last Night: Here’s the storyline in two sentences. Ready? Great first period played by the Predators. Horrible second and third periods played by the Predators. (I don’t think I need to say anything else…yes we can complain about the non call on Leggy but it’s part of the game. We lost that game last night.)

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Oh My..What A Comeback!

December 2, 2007

Okay…just finished watching this on DVR and all I can say is wow! Down 4-1 with less than ten minutes to play and the Preds come back to win in 5-4 in a shootout! Don’t have a ton of time right now but some quick thoughts…

Work finally paid off for Jed Ortmeyer
. Not only did he have a ton of chances tonight but he has been playing hard all year for us. I have yet to notice him taking a shift off.

Once again Dan Ellis
did what any good back up is supposed to do. He gave his team a chance to win. Mason was yanked in the first and Ellis played the rest of the way only giving up two and going to 7-0 as an NHL starter (six with the Preds). Not bad stats…I wonder what the record for consecutive wins to start a career is?

I doubted Trotz when I saw Radek Bonk come out for the first shootout attempt. Bonk is a workhorse in my book not the guy who is going to take goalie out of his skates on a breakaway. He took it five hole and got the goal…so glad I was wrong for doubting!

Martin Erat continues to perform at a high level the game winner and just a solid game by him overall tonight.

Jason Arnott is showing why he was the perfect choice as our captain. Even being down 3-0 he kept playing hard and chippy. I love that type of play from him. He is leading by example.

What a game!!!

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Answering The Bell

November 30, 2007

Answering the bell…that seems to be exactly what the Preds Thursday night in Ottawa with a 6-5 win over the Senators. Every time that they were challenged by the Senators they answered.

The Preds jumped out to a quick lead with a early powerplay goal in the first minute of the game. Ottawa would answer and tie it but instead of folding or laying back the Preds would charge ahead to the lead again. This, truth be told, is not something that us Pred fans are use to seeing. It was great to see this team fight for the lead so hard.

I can’t say enough about the play of our big line tonight. Jason Arnott (a pair of assists), JP Dumont (a goal and three assists) and Martin Erat (the game winner and two assits all played great games. I am going on record to say that this line right now is playing better than any other line in Predators history. They are clicking and their chemistry is great.

Tonight was also the night of our D-men getting involved in the offense. Dan Hamhuis, Greg De Vries and Ryan Suter all chipped in with goals tonight. All of these goals were heads up plays and about being in the right place at the right time.

This was not Predators hockey. This is not the game plan that Barry Trotz planned. This is not the tempo game that these Predators play. This was a huge win. A win that, I would wager, not too many people thought we would win.

Standings: Tonight’s win puts the Preds back in the playoffs at eight in the West with 26 points.

BOG Approves Preds: Great news…the BOG approved the Preds sale. No lets get some butts in those seats!