Preds Split Doubleheader With Panthers

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We’re still in that weird part of the season where we are second-hand reporting everything.  The Nashville blogs will have the more in-depth coverage, so for further enrichment, I encourage you to read their reports.  But we’ll hit the nuts and bolts of everything.

Game 1:  Preds win 5-3.

– Jeremy Smith starts in goal and makes 14 saves on 15 shots.  Chet Pickard came on in relief, stopping 20 of 22 shots, and getting the W.

– Sergei Kostitsyn had three assists.

– Goals from Colin Wilson, Kyle Wilson, Jon Blum, Chris Mueller, and Jani Lajunen

Game 2:  Preds blow 3rd period lead, Panthers win 4-3.

– Anders Lindback starts, Atte Engren comes in relief, and gives up two goals.  Here’s the play-by-play from the @rinkside twitter account.

“Huberdeau squeezes a pass through two Preds defenders to Santorelli in the low slot.  It’s an easy one-timer for Santorelli.”

Santorelli….that name sounds familiar….where have I heard that name before….

The second goal was a scramble in front of the net, and @rinkside indicates that Taylor Aronson may have knocked it in off of his skate.

– Scoring for the Preds, tthree guys who suited up for the Admirals last season.  Teemu Laakso opened the scoring with an unassisted goal a minute into the contest.  Ryan Thang and Blake Geoffrion also scored.

– Craig Smith did not score at all.  He did spend some time in the penalty box though.  That’ll slow the hype machine down a bit.

The Preds will travel to Charm City (that’s Baltimore for you inlanders) to play the Capitals tomorrow.

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