The Nashville Predators were finally able to snap a franchise-worst eight-game losing streak on Tuesday, and there were milestones aplenty in the 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. It was the second time in two games that the Predators offense had come alive for four goals, and this time it proved to be enough for a win. Defenseman Hal Gill played in his 1,100th game and rookie Austin Watson notched his first career goal but that wasn’t the end of noteworthy accomplishments for the evening. Longtime Predators center David Legwand scored his 200th career goal in the first period, with an assist from Filip Forsberg marking the young Swede’s first career point.
All of those accomplishments aside, the Predators also got a great game from captain and scoring leader Shea Weber, who had two assists. Nick Spaling chipped in a goal, and Matt Halischuk’s fifth goal of the season proved to be the game-winner. Goaltender Pekka Rinne only made 15 saves, but that was enough to help get his 15th win of the season and snap a personal losing streak as well.
As the Predators watch a disappointing season come to a close, a night full of great achievements like this should at least help alleviate the pain of missing the playoffs. Legwand has been with the Predators his entire career, and seeing him reach in a big win at home was great. Watson and Forsberg should have a great future with the team, and seeing them get involved in the scoring before this season ends is something to build on for next season.