Paul McCann: Power Play Propels Preds

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it is my belief that the first team to get well in this area (special teams) will win tonight.

Every now and then a blind squirrel finds a nut. The Nashville Predators found some potency on the power play last night, riding two goals on the man advantage to take a 3-2 victory at American Airlines Center over the Dallas Stars.

Combine that with a simply stellar performance from Preds netminder Pekka Rinne and that’s the recipe for sending Dallas on an even steeper decline as the Stars dropped their sixth consecutive game. The Preds also extended Dallas’ power play frustration, killing off three man advantage opportunities.

Dallas has to be talking to itself this morning, wondering what they have to do to win a game… especially on home ice. The Stars did play well, you could even call them the better team on the ice for long stretches of last night’s game, but the frustration is growing in the Lone Star State. You could almost see the boys in green waiting for the roof to collapse after the Stars tied the score, capitalizing on an excellent push to draw even.

But Matt Cullen managed to bury a puck with eyes, finding its way through traffic to put the Preds up to stay and seal the win for the boys in gold. The team travels to St. Louis today for an ole fashioned Central Division donnybrook with the Blues with first place on the line.

This one could be epic.

Here’s the highlights from NHL.com

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Random Notes

– Eric Nystrom played in his 500th NHL game last night.

– Derek Roy and Mattias Ekholm both had two point nights for the Preds last night. Filip Forsberg scored his 5th of the year

– After last night’s game, Pekka Rinne’s stats are at 1.89 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

– There’s been a lot of talk about “puck luck” in Dallas… and the Stars certainly didn’t get any last night.

– Trouble in St. Paul as Zach Parise is out for an undetermined time with a concussion and the Wild dropped their second consecutive game last night.

– After a 2-3-1 start, the St. Louis Blues have ripped off seven straight wins. First in the Central is on the line when the Preds pay a visit tomorrow night.

– Five games tonight… I think I will have NHL Network on for the Caps/Blackhawks.

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