that was your 09-10 Nashville Predators. No killer instinct, poor goaltending, stick around for a while and you will want to root for the minor league teams more than the pro club and/or put a rusty nail through your hand.
Hi, Preds fans.
Sorry about the loss, but I just had to mention that your iPred avatars are so cool.
Good luck for the rest of the season!!
Thanks, glad to know my work is appreciated!
Breaking down the goals, first San Jose:
First Goal: Pavelski exploits a seam left by Smithson and Suter (I thought it was Suter that followed him around the net) and Marleau finds him with a great pass. Suter was working Marleau along the boards behind the net, so Smithson has to pick up Pavelski and close off the pass.
Second Goal: Hamhuis is way down in the circle on his man, Franson is on the same side of the crease doing what amounts to picking his nose, and that leaves the opposite wing wide open for McGinn to crash the net. I don't think Ellis could have stopped this one, and Franson has to pick up McGinn coming in off the opposite wing and cut off that pass.
Third Goal: Communication breakdown, always the same. Bouillon was left with two guys to cover after Hörnqvist got caught deep and Arnott took his sweet time getting back up ice. The Cube laid off Setoguchi and Gooch launched an absolute cannon of a shot that only the most white-hot of goaltenders would have stopped.
Fourth Goal: I'm going to put this one on Ellis. That was the softest goal I can recall him giving up in a Predators' uniform. I've seen it happen countless times in the Elitserien, but never in the NHL. He has to close off the five-hole when he's on the post like that, and he does it nine times out of ten, but all it takes is the one time...
And now for us:
First Goal: I don't say this often, but this goal results from a good play by Erat. He comes up out of the corner along the boards and, rather than trying to force a play or just hanging onto the puck and skating around with it, he throws it at the net. The puck hits Santorelli and settles behind Greiss, allowing Demers to scoot it across the line with his glove. Also good on Santorelli for crashing the net.
Second Goal: Not sure who was supposed to cover Goc, but he did a piss-poor job. Good shot, just inside the back post, he probably misses that shot quite a bit more than he hits with it.
Third Goal: I'm not sure if I should praise Hörnqvist for a near-perfect screening of Greiss, or laugh at the Sharks' defense for not clearing him out from in front of their goaltender. Hamhuis lets rip and Hörnqvist gets a piece of it as it comes to him. A goal that Hörnqvist definitely deserved for the (potential) sacrifice he was making. If more guys had been doing this, we would have scored more goals tonight.
Overall, I think we played a decent game, but had a few communication issues, rookie mistakes, and ultimately an extremely soft goal that cost us a point tonight. Not that I expected us to win this game anyway, but it's tough to see them give up the game in the last six and a half minutes. Full marks to Greiss as well, he made some a few really great saves for the Sharks. The Hörnqvist backhand attempt really stuck out to me.