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Predators win wide-open game against Blackhawks

Apr 12, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

If this is Barry Trotz’s final home game as head coach of the Nashville Predators – as many have expected – then his team beat the Chicago Blackhawks in … basically the opposite way to how Trotz’s teams have found scrappy success.

The Predators won in a showdown of firepower by a score of 7-5 on Saturday, as you can absurd in these entertaining highlights:

Again, more than a few people wonder if this will be Trotz’s final season as head coach of the Predators. Puck Daddy ventured such an argument, which was expanded upon during the post-game by other observers:

Whether it ends up being the final game of his tenure as head coach or just the last contest of the 2013-14 season, the Predators’ final contest of 2013-14 comes against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Predators 7 Rockford Ice Hogs 5

    • bspray - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Rockford is going to be damn happy when Bickell, Bollig, Brookbank, Hossa, Leddy, Saad, Seabrook, Sharp, Shaw, Smith and Versteeg come walking back into the locker room tomorrow. Take your loss like a man and quit making excuses…

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Not for nothing, but Hossa was gone after his goal, and the only reason Seabrook was was playing was because the would only have 4 defenseman left.

        Sure, he shouldn’t have made the Rockford comment, especially when there was a more perfect example at the end of last year, meaning he should have known better. But the point stands that they played the game without Kane, Toews, Keith and most of the game without Hossa can’t be sluffed off by even the manliest of Internet tough guys.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      .813 SP sucks no matter who is in front of the ‘tender.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    I don’t know why you care….it doesn’t affect anything

  3. Idaslapter - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Gotta love whining Black Hawk fans. Preds win 4 out of 5 this year. I will go ahead and predict they are gone in the first round.

    • hawksin5 - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      ill go ahead and predict that they don’t, but even if the do ill take that over a mediocre team, that struggles to score goals, misses playoffs, and has pathetic attendance, and very few fans…..

      • bspray - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Oh how quickly the bandwagon forgets…

      • hawksin5 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        @bspray thats real cute. but I’ve been going to games since i was 6 years old. grew up watching roenick, daze, sullivan, amonte, chelios, even lapointe, kalder, bell, and aucoin. so grab your little “bandwagon” comments and take them elsewhere, guarantee no “bandwagon” hockey fans of any kind are patrolling this site.

  4. comeonnowguys - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I am going to predict Shea Weber’s tee time on Monday won’t go so well.

  5. pone27 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Have to say as a Hawks fan, I really do respect the Preds a great deal.

    Trotz IMO is a great coach, and will find a job probably pretty seamlessly. Besides the Radulov mayhem, you never hear about the Preds being involved with much dirty play, off the ice issues, or anything fairly negative for that matter.

    I never make excuses when or if a team takes their studs out for most to all of a game. You have the uniform on right? Represent it. I think the young kids didn’t do too bad. Morin finshed with solid numbers, Carey did not do so bad.

    The player who stood out to me in a negative way was Rundblad. He did not too good defensively at all. Pretty sure Bowman has a plan for him next season, so I hope that was just a rough game for him.

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