Five things from Thursday’s game…
- Gabriel Bourque looked like a man on a mission in the first period. He had one goal, four shots on goal and was buzzing around the ice. He’s turned into an extremely valuable player for the Predators.
- Shea Weber recorded his first point of the season on Thursday night with his assist on Colin Wilson’s power play goal in the second period.
Head coach Barry Trotz did not hesitate to defend Weber’s play leading up to this point in the season: “He didn’t score a goal last year in the first ten games and he ended up with 19 or 18 last year. I am not worried about him. That’s the end of the subject. He is a top defenseman. There wouldn’t be another defenseman I would trade him for. I don’t give a crap if he gets a point and he doesn’t either. We just worry about winning and that’s what we are doing.”
- Wilson has five points in his last two games, and has been the best forward for the Predators through their first ten games of the season.
Trotz said, “He’s using his assets. He’s strong. He can handle the weight and the puck. He keeps plays alive and he is going to the hard areas. Both of his goals were in that area. He was able to drive to the net to get rebounds and second chances. He’s being rewarded for it.”
- Scott Hannan took a puck to the face in the third period. He went back to the locker room to get checked out but did return to the ice later in the period.
- With the win, the Predators improve to 1-0-2 on the year at home. It was their first victory of the season at home after playing seven of their first 10 on the road.
“When you are on the road, you do not get that same excitement from the fans. You kind of forget, and tonight it was great to get out there and the crowd helped,” Wilson said.
Three stars of Thursday’s game…
1. Colin Wilson, NSH… Wilson played a fantastic game for the Predators and notched two goals on the night. His play so far this season is an encouraging sign for the Predators.
“I love scoring at home; it is a lot more fun. You get a good celebration; it was great. There were great plays tonight. Klein made a great play there. It was very exciting,” he said.
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH… Rinne stopped all 32 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the year. He’s playing arguably the best hockey of his career right now.
“The last few games, I think we have been doing a good job defensively keeping the attacks from outside. For me it is easier to control my rebounds and my teammates are always there to back me up,” he said.
3. Gabriel Bourque, NSH… Bourque looked like a man among boys in the first period. He scored a goal and created lots of shots and scoring chances. He was also effective on the penalty kill and blocked two shots.
How Loud Was it in Smashville?
Bourque’s goal: 106 decibels
Wilson’s first goal: 104 decibels
Wilson’s second goal: 107 decibels
6:29 remaining in the second period: 103 decibels
End of the game: 106 decibels