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Scouting The Enemy After Game One

Game one is over and I hope you all feel the hate.  I do, I feel it growing inside me.  I’ve always hated Tootoo.  For obvious reasons, I now hate Weber.  And I think we’re going to grow to hate Gaustad, Radalov, Rinne, Fisher, and the like. 

But now let’s look at what the enemy is saying about game one, starting with OnTheForecheck:

  •  In the end, a win like this is pure gold at the start of the series. The Predators certainly didn’t play their best hockey but got the W.
  •  The one thing I did like at the end? The way Shea Weber roughed up Henrik Zetterberg as the clock ticked down to zero. Nothing worthy of supplemental discipline (he did get two minutes for Roughing at the 20:00 mark), but it sends a message. Too often in years past it’s been the Preds getting pushed around at playoff time.

Really?  You like the clear attempt to injure by one of your players?  That’s despicable to write and any non-hick would know that.  I’ll give Nashville fans credit though as 60% think he should be suspended for this play:

Hit the jump for a look at what other Preds blogs are saying:

 

Now let’s move to our Bloguin brother, Fangfaction for his thoughts:

  •  The Predators outshot Detroit 13-5 in the first period, and it really was not even that close. Nashville bullied Detroit in the scoring zone, holding the puck for extended stretches and coming up with rebounds and loose pucks again and again.
  •  These concerns were quickly erased by what is probably the most impressive play of the game at 12:29 in the second period, Matt Halischuk pulled up right after crossing the blue line and shot the puck toward the goal, and it was deflected slightly before going into the net. Predators lead 2-1. 
  •  After the face-off, Nashville killed off the penalty and won the game. After the final buzzer, Henrik Zeterberg (sic) was down on the ice after a rough hit from Shea Weber (dirty?), slow to get up, and there was a small fray out on the ice with several Predators and Red Wings getting into a slight altercation, but nothing serious.

The second goal was the most impressive play? A fluke tipped shot?  What the hell?  Did he not watch Rinne flip and flop out there making save after save? 

And yet another Preds blogger who won’t admit that Weber’s move was complete BS and shouldn’t be in the game.  I daresay that Weber’s intentions were no different, if not worse than Bertuzzi’s now almost 8 years ago.   That was intent to injury and didn’t resemble anything like a hockey play. 

Finally, let’s look at PredNeckNation:

  • The Preds came out flying in the 1st period & broke through on a grinding goal from Preds C Paul Gaustad at 6:59…The Preds continued to carry the play throughout the rest of the 1st period holding Detroit to just 5 shots on goal.
  •   Penalties started to pile up with Commissioner Gary Betteman in the house & after 1 period of play the Red Wings had been penalized 4 times & the Preds twice (this theme will continue)… Detroit was energized by the score & began to put lots of pressure on Rinne & the Preds Defense by controlling much of the rest of the 2nd period.
  • The 3rd period saw a continuation of Detroit carrying the play & limiting Nashville to few scoring chances. For a few minutes, the teams actually played 5 on 5 hockey with the exception of Josi/Hudler matching minors. Rinne was sensational making highlight reel save after save to keep Nashville with a narrow lead.
  •  Pekka Rinne was spectacular with 35 saves on 37 shots.

Fair recap I thought.  Still downplayed the Weber incident but nothing like OnTheForecheck.  

In the end,  most Preds blogs basically saw the same thing we did, a team that came out hot, but was completely and totally saved by their goaltender.   Losing Helm hurts, but if Detroit can play like they did in the second and third periods, I’m still confident that this will turn their way.

 

Game one is over and I hope you all feel the hate.  I do, I feel it growing inside me.  I’ve always hated Tootoo.  For obvious reasons, I now hate Weber.  And I think we’re going to grow to hate Gaustad, Radalov, Rinne, Fisher, and the like. 

But now let’s look at what the enemy is saying about game one, starting with OnTheForecheck:

  • In the end, a win like this is pure gold at the start of the series. The Predators certainly didn’t play their best hockey but got the W.
  • The one thing I did like at the end? The way Shea Weber roughed up Henrik Zetterberg as the clock ticked down to zero. Nothing worthy of supplemental discipline (he did get two minutes for Roughing at the 20:00 mark), but it sends a message. Too often in years past it’s been the Preds getting pushed around at playoff time.

Really?  You like the clear attempt to injure by one of your players?  That’s despicable to write and any non-hick would know that.  I’ll give Nashville fans credit though as 60% think he should be suspended for this play:

Hit the jump for a look at what other Preds blogs are saying:


Now let’s move to our Bloguin brother, Fangfaction for his thoughts:

  • The Predators outshot Detroit 13-5 in the first period, and it really was not even that close. Nashville bullied Detroit in the scoring zone, holding the puck for extended stretches and coming up with rebounds and loose pucks again and again.
  • These concerns were quickly erased by what is probably the most impressive play of the game at 12:29 in the second period, Matt Halischuk pulled up right after crossing the blue line and shot the puck toward the goal, and it was deflected slightly before going into the net. Predators lead 2-1. 
  • After the face-off, Nashville killed off the penalty and won the game. After the final buzzer, Henrik Zeterberg (sic) was down on the ice after a rough hit from Shea Weber (dirty?), slow to get up, and there was a small fray out on the ice with several Predators and Red Wings getting into a slight altercation, but nothing serious.

The second goal was the most impressive play? A fluke tipped shot?  What the hell?  Did he not watch Rinne flip and flop out there making save after save? 

And yet another Preds blogger who won’t admit that Weber’s move was complete BS and shouldn’t be in the game.  I daresay that Weber’s intentions were no different, if not worse than Bertuzzi’s now almost 8 years ago.   That was intent to injury and didn’t resemble anything like a hockey play.

Finally, let’s look at PredNeckNation:

  • The Preds came out flying in the 1st period & broke through on a grinding goal from Preds C Paul Gaustad at 6:59…The Preds continued to carry the play throughout the rest of the 1st period holding Detroit to just 5 shots on goal.
  • Penalties started to pile up with Commissioner Gary Betteman in the house & after 1 period of play the Red Wings had been penalized 4 times & the Preds twice (this theme will continue)… Detroit was energized by the score & began to put lots of pressure on Rinne & the Preds Defense by controlling much of the rest of the 2nd period.
  • The 3rd period saw a continuation of Detroit carrying the play & limiting Nashville to few scoring chances. For a few minutes, the teams actually played 5 on 5 hockey with the exception of Josi/Hudler matching minors. Rinne was sensational making highlight reel save after save to keep Nashville with a narrow lead.
  • Pekka Rinne was spectacular with 35 saves on 37 shots.

Fair recap I thought.  Still downplayed the Weber incident but nothing like OnTheForecheck.  

In the end,  most Preds blogs basically saw the same thing we did, a team that came out hot, but was completely and totally saved by their goaltender.   Losing Helm hurts, but if Detroit can play like they did in the second and third periods, I’m still confident that this will turn their way.

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