Preds get much needed win in sudden death OT Saturday night

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Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the Dallas Stars in overtime of Game 2 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 2-1 to even the series 1-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

There is new life for the Nashville Predators tonight after a determined effort from Craig Smith.  He’s scored over 140 goals as a Nashville Predator but admitted to me after the game there’s something extra special about a walk-off game-winner in the playoffs.

“That was a good one, that was awesome, that was awesome,” said Craig Smith. “I hadn’t seen the building like that, not in a little while, so that was a lot of fun. Just happen to be able to get a stick on it and grab the puck, so it was great.”

“Craig’s been here a long time, he’s got a lot of 20 goal seasons under his belt,” said Head Coach Peter Laviolette. “He’s certainly capable of a big goal like that.”

 Despite outshooting the Stars 2 to 1 the Preds still found themselves in sudden death overtime, just one goal from going in an 0-2 hole.

“That’s just what we do, it’s just part of what we do as professional athletes.  If you can’t handle the pressure go find another job,” said defenseman P.K. Subban. 

“I don’t want to be boring but you try to have that mindset that you take it one game at a time, no matter what the situation is, but it’s a huge win for us,” admitted Pekka Rinne.

Die-hard Preds fans watching on the big screen at Walk of Fame Park were thrilled by the win. They have a lot of faith in this team. 

“Oh I think they’re gonna beat Dallas in six games, and they’re gonna go on, and I think the next game is probably going to be against Saint Louis,” said Steve Miller.  “I was hoping for Winnipeg, but probably Saint Louis, and that’ll be a tough one, but by that time I think the Preds will be all set to go and have their playoff game ready.”

So the Nashville Predators avoid the same trap the Jets and the Lightning fell into, they’ll go on the road tied 1-1 and this year the Preds were 3-0 in Dallas. Game 3 coming up Monday night, at Bridgestone Arena

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