It was inevitable that the Predators five game winning streak would not continue onward for the remainder of the season but it was disappointing that the team did not provide more offensive support for goalie Anders Lindback who played well enough to win had the Preds been able to mount more of a offensive challenge.
Lindback has played much better than his record indicates this season. He has only received four goals total from his teammates in his last four starts and he has been playing a few of the tougher teams in the Eastern Conference. He has had only one start at home this season.
The standout player of last night was Wayne Simmonds who was all over the ice the entire evening and scored two goals and amassed ten shots on goal. How the Philadelphia media voted Matt Read as the game's first star is hard to understand. Simmonds provided one of the more dominant on-ice presences that we have seen this season.
The Predators will have their work cut out for them in their next two games at home with the St. Louis Blues at the Bridgestone on Saturday and Vancouver making their first trip to Nashville on Tuesday. The Preds are currently a point ahead of the Blues and a point behind the Canucks so it will be critical for the team to be at their best in both contests.
Here is our game story from last night with our comments from the couch. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Doug Brumley (Preds.com)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7)
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Paul McCann (HockeyBuzz)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Laura Hutchings (Lady Preds)
Broad Street Hockey
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Matt Read
2. Wayne Simmonds
3. Brayden Schenn
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass