The Nashville Predators completed the New York sweep on Saturday night, defeating the New York Islanders 4-3. Two goals by Viktor Arvidsson, including one absolute stunner, helped lead the way in this one.

A Back and Forth Affair

Both teams had stretches of dominant puck possession and great skill, leading to an eventful, enjoyable hockey game.

The Preds got things started with one of the nicest goals you will see all year. Similar to the one he scored against Carolina last year, Arvy went between the legs on the deke, found his way to the front of the net, and scored.

The Islanders would tie the game a bit later on a goal that was reviewed. It was hard to see on the live feed, but the puck shot by Mathew Barzal did cross the goal line underneath Juuse Saros.

But just under five minutes later, Mattias Ekholm scored on a sick wrister from the circle.

The 2nd period was not great for the Preds. The Islanders owned the middle of the ice and used their speed well. The Preds started the 2nd period with a two to one shot share on the night, but ended the 2nd period all even in that department.

Still, the Preds found ways to put the puck in the net. After Valtteri Filppula scored to tie the game, Kyle Turris found Craig Smith in the middle of the ice to set him up for the go-ahead goal. It was a beautiful looking play:

That made it 3-2, but the Preds weren’t done. Viktor Arvidsson scored after Ryan Johansen made a brilliant play in the offensive zone.

This play right here is exactly why Ryan Johansen is your number one center. Not many players in the league can do this as well as he does.

The Islanders would score once more before this thing ended, but the Preds held on to a 4-3 win. Juuse Saros finished with 26 saves for his first win of the season.

Viktor Arvidsson, One For The Highlight Reel

The play of the game in this one was Arvidsson’s 1st period goal, though there were several beautiful goals in this game.

When Arvy signed his seven year, $29 million contract in 2017, I’m sure most of thought he would provide plenty of offense and plenty of hustle. I’m not sure most of us thought he would be putting up highlight reel goals on an annual basis.

Arvidsson is one of those players that you just can’t help but watch every night. He’s quite literally all over the ice, stealing the puck, possessing the puck, shooting the puck, and scoring goals. He did all of that and then some tonight.

Tonight is just another example of why it is such a joy to be able to watch Viktor Arvidsson play hockey for the Nashville Predators.

— Featured image via USA Today —

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