The Nashville Predators extended their win streak to three games with Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena.
The game had a delayed start from the honoring of former general manager David Poile, but there was plenty of action. Colton Sissons put the Predators on the board first with his second short-handed goal of the season, which was set up when captain Roman Josi stripped the puck from Flames captain Mikael Backlund and quickly dished it off to Cole Smith before receiving it again and feeding it to Sissons in the high slot.
Ryan O’Reilly gave the Predators their second lead of the game when he knocked one in after a Ryan McDonagh shot bounced off the end boards behind goaltender Jacob Markstrom and the puck ended up directly in front of O’Reilly just outside the crease where he buried his ninth of the season.
A 2-1 lead going into the third seemed all too familiar for Nashville, which has struggled to hold onto leads this season. Alex Carrier scored his first of the year to put the Predators up 3-1. The play was set up when Filip Forsberg took the puck down the left-hand boards and fired a shot that rebounded above the goal where Forsberg used his glove to hit it in front of the goal. Calgary’s Mackenzie Weegar would clear the puck directly to Carrier in the slot, where he teed off.
Philip Tomasino and Juuso Parssinen got in on the action as well, connecting on the power play as Parssinen scored his third goal of the season to put the Predators up 4-1. Kiefer Sherwood also had a chance to get in on the scoring with a penalty shot, but he was denied by Markstrom.
Nashville moved to 8-10-0 and will now travel west to take on Central Division rival the St. Louis Blues on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
Below are some post-game thoughts from the Predators locker room following Wednesday night’s win.
Colton Sissons discusses his short-handed goal and the Predators ability to execute in all phases against the Flames:
Alex Carrier breaks down his goal and raves about Filip Forsberg’s play behind the net top set the whole play up:
Juuso Parssinen talks about his goal, working in tandem with Tomasino to make it happen and how he feels stepping into the second-line center role with injuries to Tommy Novak and Cody Glass:
Ryan O’Reilly discusses the Predators sudden surge of momentum and returning to St. Louis on Friday to face his former team:
Ryan McDonagh shared his thoughts on his first game back from injury, the team’s performance in his absence, and what the team can improve on going forward:
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