A slug fest occurred at the Sommet Center with the 6th place BJ's taking on the Preds in a battle for Western Conference standing. The Preds took the best shot that Columbus could throw at them and prevailed 4-2. Impressive in this victory was scoring from all four lines for the Preds; killing off two minutes of a BJ five on three power play in the first period; and the outstanding play of Pekke Rinne as he outdueled his counterpart Steve Mason. Rinne has to now be given serious consideration as a Calder Trophy candidate.
This team is 6-0 in their last six games, and more importantly captured all 10 points in this five game home stand. This team has exerted their will in these five contests and has shown the heart that refuses to lose. The Preds have now climbed to 6th in the Western Conference, and in this drive to the playoffs have shown the heart, the drive, and the desire to capture vital points in the playoff race. Down 2-1, the Preds scored three straight goals and stymied the BJ offensive effort. That is grit, heart and the will to win coming to the fore.
On the road Saturday at Philly. The drive to the playoffs continues. The will to win has been exhibited in this home stand. Time to take it on the road, boys.