The Nashville Predators picked up a nice road win in their season opening game in New York thanks to excellent play by two of their biggest stars. Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban both scored en route to a 3-2 win for the Predators over the New York Rangers.

In the first period, both goalies were on their game. Mattias Ekholm, Craig Smith, and Ryan Johansen all had excellent chances to score, but Henrik Lundqvist was there for the Rangers. At the other end, Pekka Rinne stopped Jimmy Vesey and Mats Zuccarello on two scoring chances to keep the game scoreless. 

The Predators had one power play opportunity when Viktor Arvidsson was interfered with, but they couldn’t get a score out of it. The power play looked about as frustrating as it has the past few years, so it looks like that will still be an issue. 

But then, in the 2nd period, Filip Forsberg got the Predators on the board with a laser wrist shot from the circle. 

As I’ve mentioned previously, Forsberg looks ready to take his game to the next level. Scoring goals like that is exactly why he is the Preds most dangerous player.

New York would answer later in the period on a goal by Jesper Fast. The Preds had some trouble getting the puck out of the zone and the Rangers made them pay.

With the score 1-1, the two goalies went back at it. Rinne and Lundvist each made fantastic saves, keeping the game tied until the 3rd period. 

Then P.K. Subban did his thing.

His goal from the blueline gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. What an absolute bomb from the top of the key, just off the face-off. Lundqvist had no chance.

But the game wasn’t over yet. The Rangers pressed in the Preds zone for much of the 3rd period, generating some quality chances. Pekka Rinne had to be on his game, as the defense was having problems keeping up with the Rangers’ speedy forwards. 

The Preds had to kill two late penalties, one by Kyle Turris and one by P.K. Subban. The latter penalty came very late in the game, but the Rangers accidentally iced seven players during the delayed call, evening out the penalty.

A bit later Colton Sissons would add an empty netter. Though the Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich scored to make it 3-2, the Preds would hold on to win.

Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne finished with 34 saves in the Predators’ season opening win over the Rangers. Image via USA Today.

In other good news for the Preds, Pekka Rinne looked very much like the Vezina Trophy winning goalie we saw last year. He was excellent.

This was a big first test for the Nashville Predators. With the way last season ended, it was going to be important to get off to a good start. With the win and with the Preds’ biggest stars playing well, Smashville has to feel good about this season so far.

— Image via USA Today —

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