3/24/12 Preds v WPG Jets, 3-1 PREDS

I’m going to start this one a little bit differently.    It’s really pretty around Smashville, and here’s a few of the beautiful tulips right outside the arena, and……..

JB and the Preds girls.  Who is happier here  🙂    

And, us, we are now PREDS converts, season ticket holders, and feel very much at home up there.   They treat us like family.

Yet another fun road trip.  We left Friday night, and on Saturday, we went to the matinee showing of “Hunger Games”.   AWESOME Movie, and highly recommended.  

Before moving to Winnipeg and changing their nickname, the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers, and were located just over 200 miles from Music City.  We were Full Season Ticket Holders for many years, and never missed a game, for any reason, and planned everything around hockey season, no matter what it was.

This weekend, about 100 former Thrashers fans came up for the game.  Some came up Friday night, some Saturday morning, but all were there in the arena for game time, and by game’s end, some would have tossed their jerseys on the ice in disgust, a form of closure, disappointment, a wide range of reasons.

There’s a WHOLE BUNCH of our Atlanta buddies in these 2 pictures:  

There’s my sweet friend Nancy, her daughter Ashley, and Chikako.  These girls get to a lot of games too!  They are hockey lovers like we are.  

Our dear friend Randy and Rene’.   Randy actually took our picture for us that’s shown above.  Thanks Randy!    

Something has Nancy’s eye; Ashley and Chikako and Tracy T at the glass for warmups with Ashley’s great sign for Bryan Little  

Sally C, Tim T (R) and Matthew Heitt (middle)

WARMUPS:   Sorry, there’s a lot of warm up shots this time, which I don’t usually do, but because if was the ThrashJets, and several without their helmets, so I wanted to get as many as I could stand before I timed out.

Tim Stapleton 

Evander Kane (wore his jersey for a season)

Chris Mason warming up, for some reason

Ondrej The Giant (Pavelec), yep, that was originally my name for him  🙂

Kane’s new “do”   

Big Buff, and yep, he is big now!   

Jimmy Slater!   We used to say Slater for President, and he’s one of the good guys

Toby Enstrom

Alexander Burmistrov!   I LOVE Alex, still!  

 

Stapleton and Burmi  

Kane practicing his new dance moves

And, more Pavs   

Hainsey and his hair   

Bryan Little  

 And Ashley brought her Bryan Little sign (above).  I love how Bryan’s head is between the F**K on the poster behind him.   It blocked that ugly word, thanks Bryan 

 And, Hainsey getting refreshed.   Looking pretty is hard work!  

And, a few Preds

Peks

Welcome back to the NHL Alexander Radulov!

Big Hal Gill 

Warrior Pekka!!!   

Time to get the game started:

Let me say this.   Pavelec kept Jets in this game for as long as they were in it!  He played his @$$ off, and there was a look on his face that we have seen before, very frustrated and his team let him down, again !      Pavelec will be one of the best in the NHL if he can get with a good team that is worthy of his development!    He’s come a LONG LONG way.    

I think some of my shots got a little out of order, but blogger site can sometimes be frustrating in that you have a very small space to work in and you can’t expand that to move things around, etc., you have to delete and start over, so, I apologize.

Opening Song:   Leaving On A Jet Plane

 

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Matt Halischuk, Gabriel Bourque and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Jets.

Tim Stapleton had the lone goal for the Jets, who have lost three of four. One night after rallying from a three goal-deficit and winning in overtime at Washington, the Jets lost their 21st road game of the season.

Halischuk scored the first goal at 2:56 of the second period. After a faceoff deep in the Nashville zone, Alexander Radulov carried the puck into the neutral zone. At the center-ice dot, he found Halischuk on his right. Without breaking stride, Halischuk entered Winnipeg’s zone and pulled up at the top of the right faceoff dot. From there, he fired a slap shot over the glove of Ondrej Pavelec for his 13th goal.

Somewhere during the game, they played this, it was priceless!!! Thanks GNASH and Preds, for taking good care of us homeless Thashers fans!

Radulov has a goal and an assist in two games since returning to the NHL after spending the last four seasons in Russia’s KHL.

“Clod” Noel, as the Jets fans are calling him lately!  

Toby a little frustrated

Burmi fending off the big ole predator

My Favorite Sound in Nashville?   The PREDS Goal Horn:

Kane had complained to the refs that his hand was hurt.   It appeared they told him to quit crying and go play hockey

The first period remained scoreless in large part because of a blocked shot by Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein. Rinne was out of his crease after making a stop on Andrew Ladd, but the puck came right back to the Jets captain in the slot. Klein filled the vacated crease well and deflected Ladd’s wrist shot to the right corner.

Midway through the second, Bourque doubled Nashville’s lead. Nick Spaling‘s shot from the high slot hit the stick of Winnipeg defenseman Randy Jones in front, and Bourque quickly tapped it past Pavelec low to the glove side.

Spaling’s assist ended a 12-game drought without a point.

Intermission Entertainment

Gnash enjoying the show

Next Period, Burmi getting his skate worked on

Oops, a little run in here 

not a pretty recovery.  Check the little girl behind the glass sliding out of her chair, lol

Pekka said no, Ladd was not thrilled!   

Pekka still keeping the door closed.  Wheeler kicking up some snow!

Pavs snatched this one right out of the air!  

You have to wonder what these two are thinking.   Rad’s first home game back in the NHL.  Hainsey and his hair, looking like he’s whistling, pushing the puck along

Stapleton drew the Jets to within one at 12:53 of the third. From behind the Nashville net.
Spencer Machacek spotted Stapleton skating through the low slot. Stapleton split two Nashville players and had an easy tap-in for his 11th goal.

Here we go again.   It’s not over yet, guys  

Check the little boy behind the glass, lol   

Kane.  He has started to get a deranged look about him.  I can’t make my mind up what’s going on in his mind, but he did recently score his 30th goal of the season, tho it was after this game and after they were already eliminated from playoffs  

Another Preds Goal and another souvenir for Pavelec 

One of my favorite shots of all time!   

Pavs facing Captain Weber, alone   

We have seen that face so many times on Pavs.  He is over it! 

Burmistrov and Kostitsyn 

And, another Preds Goal   

Aftermath of that goal  ~ Pavs not thrilled  

One of two visits to the sin bin for Big Buff 

Another pretty amazing Pavs move  

Wonder that they’re saying to each other 

Is it Pavsey or is it Hainelec

Again with the familiar face

Pavs:   “Really”…….”REALLY?”!!!!!!

Oh Lord, Did Pavs pass out again?   

Nope, there he is 

The eyes!  We know those eyes.  

Weber finished the scoring with an empty-net, power-play goal from near center ice with 10.1 seconds remaining in the third.

4 gets a Frosty.  No frosty tonite, but we got one anyway to celebrate  

Time to celebrate 

Thrashers Jerseys thrown on the ice, on two separate intances; once during third period, and once at game end when Preds won.

Video of same:  

NOTES: Nashville killed Winnipeg’s only power play of the game. The Predators have been short-handed just once in each of their last four games. . Nashville RW Jordin Tootoo was a healthy scratch. Before Saturday, his only two missed games this season were because of an NHL suspension resulting from his hit on Buffalo G Ryan Miller on Dec. 3. . The Jets are 1-23-3 when trailing after two periods. . Winnipeg RW Chris Thorburn missed his sixth consecutive game because of an undisclosed lower body injury.

Three star selections
1st: PEKKA RINNE
2nd: ALEXANDER RADULOV
3rd: GABRIEL BOURQUE

Winning Goaltender
Pekka Rinne
Losing Goaltender
Ondrej Pavelec

Interesting “leftovers” from Saturday Nights game:
Nashville Predators 3, Winnipeg Jets 1
Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tennessee
March 24, 2012

LEFTOVER THOUGHTS:
* Pekka Rinne is now 4-0-0 all-time against the Winnipeg/Atlanta Thrashers franchise.
* Predators captain Shea Weber led all skaters with eight shots on goal.
* Weber’s eight shots are his most in any one game since March 17, 2011 against Boston. He had eight in that contest as well.
* Alexander Radulov has a point in each of his two games since returning to the NHL.
* Center Paul Gaustad made his first appearance in the Predator lineup since March 15 in San Jose.
* Nashville defenseman Kevin Klein had two saves on Saturday. Obviously he was not given credit as such but he might as well of been.
* With his helper on Matt Halischuk‘s goal, Klein tied his career high in scoring (18 points).
* Predators rookie Gabriel Bourque has four points in his last five games (one goal, three assists).
* Martin Erat, a winger, won all five faceoffs he took part in.
* Nashville only took one penalty.
* Winnipeg took four.
* Several Thrashers jerseys were thrown on the ice during a stoppage with 5:00 remaining.
* Even more Thrashers jerseys and hats were tossed onto the ice after the final horn.
* Nashville sold out their 22nd game of the season, a new franchise record.
* Saturday’s victory was the 498th of Barry Trotz’s NHL career.
* All 498 wins have come behind the same bench, a feat nobody else can claim.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
  http://nhl.cdn.neulion.net/u/videocenter/embed.swf

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