The Nashville Predators head to Dallas with new life and new confidence in their first-round playoff series after taking game two Saturday night in Nashville. News 2 is following the team on the road to the Stanley Cup.
Craig Smith’s goal 5 minutes into overtime completely changed the complexion of the series according to head coach Peter Laviolette, “You know we were able to get one in overtime it was a big one cracked one it overtime I thought that was a big one the difference between 2-0 and 1-1 is a big difference especially going on the road.”
The Predators also have to have confidence after going 3-0 in Dallas during the regular season. How big was that OT goal Saturday night, well a split in Dallas gives home ice back to the Preds for the final three games of the series. Predators forward Callie Jarnkrok says it definitely eased the pressure of game 3, “It feels better to have a 1-1 tie here than to go to Dallas down two games, it was a big win last night.”
Despite needing overtime to win Saturday night the Predators dominated play outshooting the Stars 42-23 as they controlled the puck most of the evening. So, while the results were not spectacular, the Predators liked the way they played 5 on 5.
One area Nashville has to clean up is penalties. They gave the Stars 6 power plays in game 2, but were able to erase all of them and keep themselves in position to win.
It will take 15 more wins to bring home the Stanley Cup, but first, the Preds need 3 more over the Stars. Forward Craig Smith says they are not taking anything for granted at this point, “We take it day by day, recalibrate today, get some rest and get ready to go tomorrow.”
Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas and Sports Director Cory Curtis will be there with reports on News 2 at 4,5, 6 and 10 PM.