1/19/13 ~ Finally, Opening Night, Preds vs CBJ, 3-2 CBJ in SO

YAYYY, it’s finally opening night for the 2013 season.  Abbreviated season, tho it is, it’s still a season, and we’re finally in the presence of live hockey!!!

We went up on Friday night like we generally do, then Saturday morning we went over to the Opry Mills Mall Theater to see “Broken City”.   A very very good movie, as it turned out, with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe! I highly recommend it.

Next was lunch, and then game time!!!  

A few warm up shots:   

Three goalies

The post-Rick Nash Era in Columbus is off to a good start.  Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of the shootout Saturday night to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory at Nashville — a place where they had won once in their past 20 visits since the start of the 2006-07 season.

It was the fifth season-opening victory in franchise history and the first since the Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild to open the 2009-10 season.

After finishing last in the overall standings in 2011-12, the Blue Jackets dealt Nash, who holds almost all of the franchise’s offensive records, to the New York Rangers for three young players and a draft pick. One of those players, center Artem Anisimov, tied the game by beating Rinne at 12:05 of the second period. He also beat Rinne with a backhander in the second round of the shootout. David Legwand prolonged the tiebreaker by scoring in the third round for Nashville.

The Predators made few changes from last season, but coach Barry Trotz said the lack of a preseason was still a problem.

Martin Erat got the Predators off to a fast start by beating Bobrovsky with a wrist shot 39 seconds into the game. Another Columbus newcomer, Nick Foligno, tied it with a power-play tip-in at 16:08, but defenseman Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal at 17:55 to put the Predators back in front.

Mrs. Underwood Fisher was in the house tonite  

More “getting to know you’s”  

Check where the puck is!  

And, Hannan gets a meet and greet

 

Nashville captain Shea Weber fought Columbus’ Jared Boll in the second period after he felt Smith was checked too hard. It was his first fighting major since 2009-10.

  

Columbus tied it when Anisimov took a pass from Fedor Tyutin at the blue line and held off Nashville center Paul Gaustad before beating Rinne with a backhander.

Brassard beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to start the sixth round of the shootout, and Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky gave the Blue Jackets the extra point when he denied Chris Smith’s attempt, disappointing a sellout crowd of 17,113. The game sold out in three days after tickets were put on sale.

Tonight’s Entertainment:   “Deacon” from the show “Nashville”.  What was awesome was that between their sets, he sat right beside JB.  He was such a nice guy, taking photos and signing a bazillion autographs and, he and JB chatted.  I was just like, whaa!    But I didn’t jump over, tho I wished I had, lol.

His real name is Charles “Chip” Eston:   http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/nashville/bios/deacon-claybourne-character-bio

Bobrovsky, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers during the summer, stopped 32 shots. Rinne finished with 26 saves.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.   The following photos are from the Nashville Team Photographer:

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

http://nhl.cdn.neulion.net/u/videocenter/flex/images/evp.swf

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