NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Nashville|
(Tuesday, January 11th)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Minnesota 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Nick Spaling scored twice as Nashville kept
rolling with a 5-1 win over Minnesota at Bridgestone Arena.
Marcel Goc and Joel Ward both had a goal and an assist while David Legwand
also tallied for the Predators, who have reeled off six straight wins. Pekka
Rinne stopped 25 shots in the win.
"He's worked so hard here, and he does a lot of things that don't really get
noticed," Nashville center Jerred Smithson said of Spaling. "We notice them in
the locker room, but on the score sheet you really don't notice it. It was
nice tonight for him to bury a couple and maybe get some confidence. We've got
some big road games coming up here, and we'll build off those."
Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal for the Wild, who have dropped their past two
after winning their previous four. Jose Theodore was pulled in the third
period after giving up four goals on 25 shots. Anton Khudobin stopped 4-of-5
shots the rest of the way.
Nashville got on the board 7:03 into the game when a give-and-go between Marek
Svatos and Legwand was finished when Svatos sent a pass from the left point to
the front where Legwand tipped it in.
Minnesota tied the game at the 16:05 mark of the first as Koivu made a move
from the left circle to the front where he flung a backhand past Rinne.
The Predators took a 2-1 lead 62 seconds into the second as Kevin Klein threw
a shot on net from the high slot that was stopped, but Ward was there to
backhand home the rebound.
Rinne stopped 12 shots in the middle frame to keep Nashville ahead heading to
the final period.
Spaling scored 4:18 into the third period when his wrister beat Theodore for a
Spaling notched his fourth goal of the season with 9:21 to play when he tipped
in a Shea Weber shot and Goc scored on Khudobin just over two minutes later
for a 5-1 advantage.
"We've got to manage the puck better," Wild head coach Todd Richards said. "We
just need to play fast."
The Predators play in Florida on Thursday...Minnesota hosts Colorado on
Friday...Nashville has taken two of the three games with Minnesota this
season...The Preds have outscored their opponents, 24-7, during the winning
streak...Neither team scored on the power play with Nashville having two
chances and Minnesota three.
01/12 02:12:50 ET