Playoff hockey at it's finest...only a couple of weeks before they actually begin! The Preds come back again in the 2nd, take the lead, then (in what has become distinctly Red Wingean this season) Detroit ties the game in the last minute of regulation to take the game to OT. Though that automatically gave Nashville the point needed to clinch a playoff spot, it gave the Red Wings their 14th OT point. You know what - Ryan Suter didn't take kindly to that, so he ended OT as quick as possible by putting one past Jimmy Howard to win the game and get that extra point.
The Nashville Predators are in the 2009-2010 playoffs.
Re-read that if you will. Doesn't it feel nice?
Weber, Hornqvist, Dumont and Suter on the goals for the afternoon. Spaling and Boyd (#13 and #14 respectively) had near misses on Howard, so kudos to their performance as well. Rinne, another strong performance, especially considering being at the Joe Louis Arena where calls do NOT go the Preds' way.
Here, here, Predators! Enjoy that happy flight back home. You've got one more round trip to pick off in the desert and one more game to show the fans that you appreciate them. Then...playoff time - not that these last few weeks have been any different from those types of games.
When you compare last year's team to this year's team...who's feeling good about the playoffs this year?