The Nashville Predators pulled out yet another impressive win last night this time 4-1 over the Colorado Avalanche.

While several Preds players helped fuel the win, including Pekka Rinne putting up 24 saves and Colton Sissons putting up three goals, there was one person responsible for the win who wasn’t even wearing skates.

Feloney Theft Robs Avs

Predators video coach Lawrence Feloney helped the coaching staff wipe off two Avalanche goals, one in the 2nd period and one in the 3rd period.

After the Preds built a 2-0 lead on two goals by Sissons in the 1st period, the Avalanche came out firing in the 2nd period. Ian Cole appeared to have scored from the blueline, but Nashville coach Peter Laviolette challenged the play for offsides.

Sure enough, Samuel Girard had brought the puck just over the blueline in the middle of one of his patented spin moves. The play was offside. No goal.

Then in the 3rd period, with the Preds nursing a 3-1 lead (another Colton Sissons goal helped add to the lead), Colin Wilson scored what looked like the Avs’ second goal on the night. Except that the Preds challenged again for offside.

Alexander Kerfoot was just ahead of the puck entering the zone. No goal.

Those two challenges, along with the brilliant play of Pekka Rinne and the Preds defense, were all it took to keep Colorado at bay. Video coach Lawrence Feloney, who provides counsel on the decision to challenge plays, played a crucial role.

And Feloney has a knack for doing this. In his 6th season for the Preds, Feloney has a history robbing other teams of goals with his keen eye on the video monitor.

Just search Twitter for the hashtag #FeloneyTheft and you’ll find other examples. Feloney doesn’t work alone, but his ability to spot crucial mistakes preceding a goal scoring play have paid off over the last few years.

And it’s a good thing, too. Remember that the new rule in the NHL means that a failed offside challenge results in a delay of game penalty. If the team isn’t completely sure about the offside, it’s not a risk worth taking. You don’t want to have a goal on the board and then also have to kill the penalty.

The Nashville Predators have a ton of confidence in their team right now, and that includes their video team. While most of the wins are due to the play of the players, every now and then the role players without skates step up to contribute.

— Featured image via Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports —

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