The Nashville Predators bounced back from Tuesday’s shutout loss to the Flames with a gritty 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Goals by Ryan Hartman, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen, combined with a 29 save effort by Pekka Rinne, led the way.

But goals and saves were not all that happened in this game, as the Jets provided plenty of post-whistle shenanigans.

Preds with goals, Jets with penalties

The Preds came out with a bit more energy in the first 1st period compared to Tuesday night, but still couldn’t get anything of quality on net. The Jets committed an early penalty, which would be a theme of the night, but the Preds couldn’t score, which would also be a theme.

Later in the period, the Preds wasted a double minor power play opportunity after Subban took a stick to the face.

Overall, the Jets probably had the better chances in the 1st, but Pekka Rinne kept them off the scoreboard.

In the 2nd period, Ryan Hartman finally woke up the crowd. He picked off a pass at the Preds’ blueline and took it the length of the ice, scoring easily on Connor Hellebuyck.

I’m not sure most Preds fans would have predicted the first goal at home this season would be Hartman, but I’m sure most would take it.

From there, the story of the night was penalties, penalties, and more penalties.

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The Jets were all up in their emotions tonight, logging 50 PIMs. Image via USA Today.

The Jets committed a total of 13 penalties and a total of 50 penalty minutes. Everything from fighting to roughing to slashing to game misconduct (Tyler Myers mouthed off to a ref). They looked incredible undisciplined throughout the game, but it looked like the Preds would be unable to capitalize.

That is, until the 3rd period.

Roman Josi slapped home the 2nd goal, building off some pressure by Ryan Hartman. Then later, Ryan Johansen scored a beauty, getting his first goal of the season to make it 3-0 with 5:18 left in the game.

Pekka Rinne finished this one out to preserve his 52nd shutout, finishing with 29 saves.

Hartman’s Energy Boost

Ryan Hartman was excellent in this one. He jumped the blueline pass that led to his first goal. Then in the 3rd period, his speed on the outside opened up the middle of the ice for Roman Josi’s goal.

In the offseason, Hartman signed a one-year deal for just under $1 million. As an RFA, this was very much a “prove it” deal for him, and so far he’s proven himself worthy of a long term deal.

He will never be a top six, thirty goal scorer. But his speed and energy in the middle six can cause fits for opposing defenses.

The Nashville Predators need more out of their top six, but Ryan Hartman providing some secondary scoring certainly helps.

— Featured image via USA Today —


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