Archive for December 9, 2011
On Saturday night, the Anaheim Ducks return to Smashville for the second and final time this regular season. While animosity between the two clubs developed during the first round of the playoffs last spring, no player is currently disliked by the Predator faithful as much as Ducks super star Corey Perry.
At Bridgestone Arena, choruses of boos ring out whenever Perry touches the puck. In addition, the Nashville crowd has at times chanted “Perry is a sissy” during the playoffs and in Anaheim’s November 8th loss at Nashville. However, don’t think any of that bothers the Hart Trophy- winning former Stanley Cup and Olympic champion.
“That’s my game. That’s the way I have to play,” Perry said when asked about playing with an edge. “If I’m not doing that, I’m not playing the style I need to play to be successful and do the things I want to do on the ice. It’s always a good thing to be noticed,” Perry said with a smile, adding “I don’t mind it. They notice me. That can’t be a bad thing.”
Fans do notice him, and Perry says Nashville isn’t the first place he has earned the wrath of a team’s fan base.
“I mean, it is not the first time it has happened, and I definitely don’t think it will be the last time either,” Perry assures.
Francois Beauchemin has been a long-time teammate of Perry’s in Anaheim, with the exception of a season and a half stint he did with the Toronto Maple Leafs between 2009-11. Beauchemin says that the skilled forward definitely knows how to get under the skin of his opponents.
“That’s the way he plays. He plays hard ever night, every shift. Sometimes he is going to do some things that other teams are not going to like. It will start some fights and that kind of stuff. It is just part of his game and he is really good at it,” the defenseman said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Nashville Predators trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 with under two minutes left in regulation. With Pekka Rinne pulled for the extra attacker, the Predators scored twice to tie the game. What looked like a third consecutive loss for Nashville became a dramatic come-from-behind overtime win.
It wasn’t the first time this season that the Predators found the back of the net late in the third period to tie the game and go on to win.
On November 5th, the Predators trailed 3-1 in the third. Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Suter scored to tie the game. Legwand scored the overtime winner for the Predators.
After playing more than 50 minutes of a scoreless game on November 15th, the Washington Capitals took a 1-0 lead at 15:14 of the final frame. The Predators responded by scoring two goals in less than four minutes from Martin Erat and Colin Wilson. Shea Weber added an empty-net tally to win the game 3-1 in regulation.
Then there was the exciting win in Vancouver on December 1. Nashville and the Canucks entered the third period tied 5-5. Mike Fisher scored with 1:16 left in regulation to give the Predators the lead and the win.
On Thursday night, the Predators did it again against Columbus.