(Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Pekka Rinne and Jeremy Smith combined to stop all Washington shots, and Chris Mueller had a goal and assist, as the Preds blanked the Caps 2-0.
Colin Wilson continued his strong play with a with another goal. Niclas Bergfors assisted on both goals.
Good for Mueller. It’s really nice to see him putting up points, to remind the coaching staff that he deserves to be in the conversation for one of the open NHL slots, and remind them that it’s not just the Craig Smith show in town. Two goals and assist for Mueller in two pre-season games. Good on him.
And that’s got to be a major confidence boost for Smitty — to blank the Capitals, who played a number of their offensively gifted players in this game.
The sideshow from the game will likely be how awful the ice surface was in Baltimore. Former Capital Tyler Sloan and Pekka Rinne gave the money quotes of the night that have been retweeted a ton already…
Sloan: “It was bad. Along the boards, there was cement. Guys were ticked off … it was dangerous.”
Pekka’s response could have been a bonafide punchline to a joke. Man it was so hot out there….Audience yells back HOW HOT WAS IT?
Pekka: “It was so hot on the ice, it felt like a Finnish sauna.”