The Nashville Predators had six chances to capitalize on the power play on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild and were unable to convert on all six chances. It ended up costing them a point.
Minnesota got a controversial 2-1 overtime victory over the Predators on Saturday night to give Nashville their first loss in five games. Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winning goal for the Wild in overtime after Paul Gaustad was called for a Delay of Game faceoff violation. It was an extremely questionable call. Nonetheless, the Wild were able to capitalize, and the Predators fell to 5-2-4 on the season.
Nashville had six power play opportunities, including a four minute stretch in the third period after the Wild were called for a high-sticking double minor, to score their second goal of the game. They were able to generate some good chances with 13 shots on the power play, but Niklas Backstrom was there to respond for the Wild all night long.
Gaustad scored the lone goal for the Predators on the night, while Cal Clutterbuck scored the goal in regulation for the Wild. Former Predator Ryan Suter assisted on both the Clutterbuck and Setoguchi goals for the Wild.
Nashville goaltender Chris Mason stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced on the night in his second start of the season, both against Minnesota. The Predators will immediately travel back to Nashville to take on the 9-0-2 Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Nashville will be looking to win their second consecutive home game.
Five things about tonight’s game…
- The call on Gaustad in overtime will be the main focus on the outcome of the game, but the fact remains that Nashville had plenty of power play chances on which they failed to capitalize. They’ll look to correct that when they’re given those chances again.
- The good news for the Predators is that when they have lost this season, the majority have come in either overtime or a shootout. Nashville is 5-2-4 on the season and have gotten at least one point in every game this season where they have scored at least one goal.
- Niklas Backstrom played a great game for the Wild. He stopped the Predators from point-blank range several times and had really good control of his rebounds. Mason also put forth a great effort, making multiple big saves to keep the game tied in the third period and overtime.
- Ryan Ellis played a pretty good game for the Predators. He created some quality chances on offense and made a spectacular defensive play in the first period on Devin Setoguchi to conserve what was a 1-0 Nashville lead at the time. Setoguchi had a wide open net until Ellis dove across and knocked the puck off of Setoguchi’s stick to disrupt the play.
- Ryan Suter played well in his second game against his former team. He played solid defense and contributed on offense with two assists. It was Minnesota’s first win since Jan. 30.
Three stars of tonight’s game…
1. Devin Setoguchi, MIN…Setoguchi scored the game-winning goal for the Wild and had a few good opportunities throughout the game.
2. Ryan Suter, MIN… Suter had two assists and had 30:02 of ice time for the Wild.
3. Niklas Backstrom, MIN… Backstrom was phenomenal in net for Minnesota and kept the Wild afloat on Nashville’s six power plays.