Five things from Saturday night’s game…
- Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth has won the first eight starts of his NHL career. He’s played exceptionally well since coming into the NHL and seems to give the Ducks key saves when they need it the most.
“I think we play really well. We do what we say we should do, and today not everything was good but we still worked hard and that’s what gave us the win in the end. It’s a team sport so if the guys don’t play good in front of me, I can’t play good and the other way around so it’s a team game,” Fasth said.
- Shea Weber scored his first goal of the season in what was the 15th game. He has points in two consecutive games, and the Predators hope that the flood gates will open for Weber now that he’s got the first goal out of the way.
“I think he had eight shots after two periods. He has a lot better shots. Sometimes when you are trying to score you are teeing it up and you are shooting it’s not going in. They are blocking it or it’s missing the net. Sometimes you get it through. His wrist shot is sometimes as hard as a lot of people’s slap shots. Hopefully that opens the gates. It’s not critical he scored today. When he scores one, they start to come. From his standpoint, it’s not that important. Hopefully it will give him some good karma,” said Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz.
- Nashville killed off a 5-on-3 penalty in the second period, and Kevin Klein and Scott Hannan were out there for nearly the entire kill. It was a huge momentum boost for the Predators.
“It was huge. One guy who’s supposed to be one of our best penalty killers was gone to the box to make it 5-on-3, but we’ve got guys who are very capable in here and did a great job sacrificing. (Gaustad) made a good couple of huge blocks and guys were putting their bodies in the lane and obviously that built momentum and then we scored after that,” Weber said.
- Anaheim forward Patrick Maroon scored his first NHL goal in the second period to tie the game at two for the Ducks. It was a huge play in the game that allowed the Ducks to hang around.
“Kyle Palmieri and Peter Holland made a good play. Palmieri threw it in front of the net, and I got a tip on it so obviously it was really emotional and it’s great to get the first one out of the way,” Maroon said.
- The Predators have still collected a point in every single game in which they’ve scored a goal so far this season. Nashville’s record is 7-3-5.
Three stars of Saturday night’s game…
1. Viktor Fasth, ANA… Fasth made some great saves to keep the Ducks in the game. Nashville had the better of the scoring chance battle, but Fasth was up to the challenge.
2. Corey Perry, ANA… Perry had an assist on Anaheim’s first goal, and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout.
3. Shea Weber, NSH…Weber scored his first of the season and had six shots on goal. Weber attempted 13 shots on the night.