by Forechecker on 01/29/09 at 04:23 AM ET
For the hometown fans catching the Predators/Canucks game late Wednesday night, Nashville gave every reason to turn the TV off and head to bed early in the 2nd period. After taking a 1-0 lead late in the 1st, the Preds allowed Vancouver to answer back with 3 straight goals, and things were looking hopeless. This time, however, Barry Trotz tried something different to “change the luck”. Instead of yanking the starting goalie, he called a timeout and spoke to the team.
I’m sure Pekka Rinne appreciated that move, as it’s not the way Dan Ellis has been treated lately. Even though at least one of the Vancouver goals (by Burrows) was probably a soft one to give up, Rinne took charge from then on. His teammates answered back with a few goals of their own, including 3 straight Power Play goals (yes, Nashville scored 3 PP goals!) to take a 5-3 win on the road. In the final minutes of the 3rd, it was the Vancouver fans booing their team, a pleasant reversal for a Nashville team that got booed at home in a 7-2 loss to Atlanta earlier this month.
Seeing some of the goal-challenged forwards like J.P. Dumont, Jason Arnott, and Joel Ward score is hopefully a sign that all those shots being fired will result in steady goal-scoring. One game is hardly enough to turn things around, but this Western Canadian swing (which leads next to Calgary Friday night) is certainly off to a good start.
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