On Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators, who are a strong defensive team, took almost what seemed to be a good lashing from Dany Heatley of the Minnesota Wild and turned around in what I consider is a phenominal game and one that could not be reproduced.
At the end of the first period, Dany Heatley had scored two goals, leading the game 2-0. At the end of the second, Nashville peaked their head out of the ground and scored, but not before Cal Clutterbuck scored to make it 3-0. Now imagine this:
End of the second period, 40 minutes down and 20 to play. Nashville coach Barry Trotz walks down the hallway to his team, who is now down 3-1. He starts off by pointing out what mistakes the team is making individually and as a team. Then he tells them what they need to do to win. He builds them up, gets them pumped up, and sends them to the ice.
Now the third period starts, and Nashville is ready to go. But, they get shot down, 16 seconds in. Kyle Brodziak scored thanks to the help of Nick Johnson and Dany Heatley. Something happened after that, but Nashville had a reason to play hard now, risking a loss at this stage of the game could hurt them. Brandon Yip got his first goal of the season 9:22 into the third. Then Patric Hornqvist scored with the help of veteran captain Shea Weber and Sergei Kostitsyn. Mike Fisher then scored the tying goal with 3 minutes left in the game, but that wasn’t all you would hear from him. With 21 seconds left in the game, Mike Fisher scored the go ahead goal and made the Predators the happiest team in the league at that moment.
The moral of this story ladies and gentleman, no matter what they are faced with, the great Nashville Predators can pull out a win from anywhere. How many teams would be able to face a deficit like 3-0 and come back with a positive attitude and take the game and turn it all around? Not many, if there are any.
* Dany Heatley (Wild-RW): 2 Goals. 1 Assist
** Mike Fisher (Predators-C): 2 Goals
*** Cal Clutterbuck (Wild-RW): 1 Goal