Visiting Rangers Give Credit To Predators Work Ethic, Rinne

By Amanda DiPaolo

Ever wonder what the visiting team thinks of the Nashville Predators?

What better team to ask than the New York Rangers? The Rangers are a storied franchise, a member of the NHL’s Original Six. They play at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. They are coached by the Stanley Cup winning John Tortorella and their General Manager is the legendary Glenn Sather of the 1980′s Edmonton Oilers fame.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Center Erik Christensen of the New York Rangers scores the game winning shootout goal against Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators on November 27, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Erik Christensen scored the game-winning shootout goal but had some nice things to say about the Predators organization. (Photo: Yardbarker.com)

So when the Rangers visit the Bridgestone Arena once every second season, the history and excitement surrounding New York is enough to make the game a good one to attend. Saturday night, however, a sold out Smashville crowd went home disappointed as the Predators outplayed the Rangers for most of the night but left with only one point in a shootout loss.

The Rangers left the building knowing that their goaltender stole them an extra point.

Alternate captain Marc Staal commented on the hard-working nature of the Predators club. “Nashville, they play hard. They finish their checks. They are quick. They are really good on the forecheck. Couple fights early brought up the tension level. I thought it was a hard fought game,” he said.

The game winning shootout goal came off the stick of former Pittsburgh Penguin Erik Christensen, who likes the coaching of the Predators. “We don’t see this team a whole lot. We know that Trotz has been here for a long time. They are really well coached. We know all about them. We expected it to be tough,” he said.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist commented on the Predators attack. “They came out really hard and had us going.”

At the end of the day, however, the Rangers were most impressed with the play of goaltender Pekka Rinne.

“We had a lot of chances to score there and we didn’t score,” Staal said.

Adding Christensen, “Nashville has a real good goalie, that Pekka Rinne played really solid. We couldn’t get much by him. Like Lundqvist, Nashville has a great goalie that kept them in it.”

The Predators next take to the ice against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

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Topics: Barry Trotz, Erik Christensen, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, NHL, Pekka Rinne

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