The Nashville Predators proved they could hang with the Anaheim Ducks for 65 minutes on Saturday night, but they still fell to still-perfect goaltender Viktor Fasth in the shootout. The Predators got another great outing from their own goaltender Pekka Rinne, but the best news of the night in Nashville was that captain and star defenseman Shea Weber finally scored his first goal of the season.
The Predators got a goal from David Legwand in the first period before Matt Beleskey scored his second goal in as many games for the Ducks to tie things up. That goal was the first allowed by Rinne in over 155 minutes, a personal record. Weber scored his goal in the second period, as his signature slapshot finally found the back of the net for the first time this season. The Ducks would tie the game again thanks to Patrick Maroon’s first goal of the season and prevailed in the shootout. Weber was named first star of the game and now has three points on the season.
Nashville now has five points from its last three games and appear to be mounting a push up the Central Division standing. Getting Weber going will be a huge part of any success the team has the rest of the season and now that the pressure to get his first goal has been lifted the Predators will hope he can continue being the standout offensive defenseman he can be. The goal was the 100th of Weber’s career and teammate Sergei Kostitsyn recorded his 100th career assist on the same play.