Last night's Nashville Predators win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was not pretty to watch but was a necessarily evil in the long slate of 82 games that make up the NHL regular season.
After watching a game on Tuesday against Washington that had to make most folks top ten Preds' games, the game with the Leafs was very ugly by comparison. The first period was dull as dirt, the second a little better, and the last period had several fairly entertaining aspects to it.
Brian McGratten's fight was outstanding and Craig Smith's "miss" was a heart-breaker for the kid but was like a train wreck where you couldn't keep from wanting to watch.
The bottom line was the "W" and the two points that the Predators needed. Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser. We also had a couple of clips of Craig Smith's missed empty netter.
Make the jump for the full round-up of all the news from last night's game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
John Manasso (FS-TN/NHL.com)
Jim Diamond (The Examiner)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - Morning Skate
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Patten Fuqua (Puck Scene)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Paul McCann (Hockey Buzz)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Toronto Area Media...
Globe and Mail
The Toronto Sun
Pension Plan Puppets
The National Post
Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Eat, Sleep, Leafs
Down Goes Brown
Battle of Ontario
Bitter Leaf Fan
Toronto Sports Media
Vintage Leaf Memories
Maple Leaf's Unofficial YouTube Channel
Here is the Hockey Fights.com write up on the Brian McCrattan beat-down on Jay Rosehill that went on forever. I would really like to know who called that it was a draw.
Audio from the Predators from last nights post game comes from...
From The Leaf's room we hear from...
Coach Ron Wilson
Here is a postgame video clip from Pekka Rinne.
Highlights come from NHL.com
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