Five things from Monday night’s game…
- Roman Josi had the best game of his career on Monday night. He had two goals and two assists for his first four-point night of his NHL career. His game-winning shot in overtime was an absolute blast.
“I just tried to get it to the net. I saw three guys joined already so I tried to be the safety guy and back up a little. Sergei (Kostitsyn) made a great play to me and tried to get it to the net and I think the Dallas defenseman tipped it,” Josi said.
Defensively, Josi and Shea Weber are starting to become a very impressive defensive pairing. They weren’t playing bad at the beginning of the year, but both of them seem to have taken their game to another level.
“I think there’s a learning period between Roman and Shea. A guy like Roman, who hasn’t even played an entire year in the league, is already paired with Shea Weber and playing important minutes. It can be a little intimidating, so we took them away from each other. Roman’s really comfortable in his own skin, on our team, and playing with Shea. He’s been really good, and they’ve been a great pair lately,” said Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz.
- After Dallas scored back-to-back goals 25 seconds apart in the second period to take a sudden 2-1 lead, Trotz decided to use his timeout to re-focus his bunch. It paid dividends with Josi scoring the first of his two goals less than two minutes later.
“I felt at that point, that after two minutes and just having a rest we needed to get our focus back. Sometimes when things happen against you, you dwelling on it and you forget to play. It was more to slow things down. I took my time and just said ‘Hey, let’s focus. We have to get our minds on this game.’ We did and it’s a tribute to them [the players].”
- Craig Smith scored his second goal of the season on a great pass from Rich Clune. Smith has played very well for the Predators as of late. He, Clune and Sergei Kostitsyn have shown great chemistry in the short time they’ve played together.
-Mike Fisher scored the game-tying goal for the Predators in the third period on a magnificent individual effort. Fisher split the defense and backhanded the puck past Cristopher Nilstorp.
“I found a hole and just tried to get it on net and got it through his legs. I was actually trying to go to Marty (Erat) and got lucky,” Fisher said.
-Patric Hornqvist scored a gorgeous power play goal for Nashville’s third of the game. He went forehand-to-backhand to avoid a defender and then lofted the puck up and over Nilstorp and into the net.
Three stars of Monday night’s game…
1. Roman Josi, NSH… Josi had four points and played very well defensively. It was the best game of his NHL career so far.
2. Michael Ryder, DAL… Ryder had three assists on the night for the Stars and had four shots on night. He was very impressive.
3. Patric Hornqvist, NSH… Hornqvist had one goal and one assist. His hard work that he’s displayed since he came back from injury finally paid off on the score sheet.