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A little more than a minute left in regulation, Seth Jones picks up his first game winning goal.
Nice toe-drag too.
Hear the "Sirens"...
Mike Fisher received five for boarding and a game misconduct, Franson received a cut on the bridge of his nose when his visor came down and clipped him. He did need stiches to clos the cut.
Fisher talked to the Tennessean post-game and he felt he did not even deserve a penalty on the play. Watch it below...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Recently, coach Barry Trotz has been exasperating the situation by saying he hopes Nashville always kicks the Wild’s butt because they “stole” Suter and calling on the fans to keep booing the Norris Trophy runner-up from a year ago.
To get him ready for tonight, Suter’s Minnesota teammates humorously booed him during the morning skate the first time he touched the puck.
Suter and Trotz ran into each other before the skates today.
“He said, ‘I thought you liked me?’ I do like Ryan. I just know Section 303’s not going to let him off the hook. So I’ve just played along with it,” Trotz said. “Ryan’s a big part of our history. He’s an exceptional defenseman, and we know it. One thing you’ll find out about the Nashville fans, they are passionate.
“Ryan is like one of our family, seeing him as an 18-year-old, but he’s the enemy now. So if they want to stay tough on them, that’ll be 303’s decision, not mine. But I read all the blogs. I’m pretty sure he’s not going to be let off the hook for awhile.”
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
On June 30, Seth Jones became not only the highest-drafted African American player in NHL history as the fourth overall pick, but also the new face of diversity in the league. It’s not a position he asked for, but one that he is ready to fill.
“Anything I can do to help the sport of hockey grow,” Seth Jones said. “Whether it’s with white people or black people, it doesn’t matter. I’m happy to do it.”
Jones turned 19 on Oct. 3, the same day he made his highly anticipated debut with the Nashville Predators. As he stepped on the ice for the first time in an NHL regular season game, his father watched proudly from the stands at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, confident that as the spotlight on the young defenseman grows, he is prepared to weather his complex position as young NHL star and role model.
Jones doesn’t identify himself as either black or white, but both. His mother, Amy, is white. Popeye is black. Now divorced, they taught Seth and his two hockey-playing brothers, Caleb and Justin, to be accepting of all races and ethnicities. Being among the few black players in their sport was irrelevant.
more and I am a bit surprised by the semi-critical comments on the artictle at the WP...
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Finnish Flash hinted this morning this game might be a little easier for him than his "first" return in December 2011, when adoring Winnipeg fans celebrated him, booed his teammates and cheered the Jets on to a victory that night.
"I had a chance to come two years ago and that was unbelievable," Selanne said after this morning’s skate downtown. "I don’t really expect anything like that tonight, but it’s fun to be here.
"I almost hoped I wouldn’t have to come back here because that was an absolutely perfect night. We lost, but it was something I was always going to remember.
"This place is so nice, the fans unbelievable. I’m very happy I have a chance to come back one more time."
via the CP at TSN,
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was taken to the hospital after feeling "unwell" during Saturday night's game, according to a team spokesman.
Nonis was feeling sick during the second period and saw team physicians at Air Canada Centre.
"As a precaution, (Nonis) was asked to go to the hospital for further testing," a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment statement released Sunday read. "He has progressed very well overnight and is expected to be discharged today."
Here is the Steve Downie hit which caused the Roman Josi concussion.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Avalanche winger Steve Downie was a physical presence in the game. He injured Nashville defenseman Roman Josi with a big hit, and was assessed a charging penalty that might draw the attention of NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan in the coming day.
Downie retaliated after Nashville defenseman Shea Weber jabbed Matt Duchene in the face a couple times with his glove. Downie was involved in a fight in the third period with Nashville's Eric Nystrom and took a high stick to the eye from Craig Smith earlier, which drew a penalty.
Nashville wasn't happy over the hit by Downie, which Gaustad called “just a dumb hit,” while Preds coach Barry Trotz said he expects Downie to receive a suspension.
But Roy doesn't think so.
“That was a great hit I thought. I don't know, I need to re-look at it, but I thought it was a fair check. What I like about Steve is: he's a great leader right now on this team. He's playing hard,” Roy said. “Everybody is rattled by him, but he stays calm, he stays focused. I'm not sure he is, but he says 'Patty, I'm under control, I'm under control.' I said, 'OK, let's keep going then.'”
more on the game and watch the hit below...
from Katie Baker of Grantland,
The Nashville Predators are notoriously methodical about player development, particularly on defense. It's assumed that would-be Predators will first spend significant time with the team's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. In the franchise's history, only one player, Scott Hartnell, made the roster in his draft year.
Until now. As if that pressure weren't enough, Jones will also face an additional challenge: playing on his non-dominant side. With a glut of right-handed defensemen on the team, the Predators asked a few of the younger players to work on transitioning to the left during the summer and the preseason. Jones was one. (Although it looks like he might not play on that side tonight.) "I told Ryan [Ellis] and Seth both that if they want to move up in the lineup, a lot of times you might have to do it on the left side," Trotz said. "I think it's easier to get them to do it at a young age. Plus, it helps their mobility, it helps their hands and all that. I did that rather than having, as I call them, the old dogs try to change."
Everyone seems high on Jones right now, but fans are fickle. If Nashville's offensive struggles from last season persist, many will wonder loudly why the Predators didn't draft a scoring forward.
from the CP at NHL.com,
Making the playoffs has become so automatic for the Nashville Predators that they didn't react well to finishing below .500 for the first time in a decade.
They went shopping in a very big way hoping to make sure that doesn't happen again.
The Predators opened free agency signing five of the seven players they added on the first day. Right wing Viktor Stalberg from Stanley Cup champ Chicago is the key addition, and they also added Eric Nystrom, and Matt Hendricks and centre Matt Cullen, who helped Carolina win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
"It shows all the commitment," captain Shea Weber said. "They made those moves, and they addressed the needs we have. They filled some spots, and obviously everyone's going to see what those guys are capable of. And we're going to see what they can do in the locker room as well."
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