Let’s make this one the finale in the tremendous trilogy of “To Catch A Predator”. The Godfather has nothing on this series of genius writing and scintillating insights. Speaking of genius, if you did not read my part 2 article, please take a moment and look back. This may be difficult for some of you who just learned to read, but give it a try.
Now that you’re back, let’s go over the keys I wrote in the part 2 column as to what would need to happen for the Blues to finally beat the Predators.
1-Don’t fall behind. The Blues scored the first goal and never looked back. Alex Steen notched his first of the season and the Blues added two more to close out the game. The Blues outshot Nashville 15-8 in the first period and delivered a firm message to the whiskey drinking, toothless crowd. Go home and take off your sweat-stained wifebeater shirts. Your team was taught a lesson tonight.
2-Special teams. The Blues took advantage of Jordin “I’m a complete moron” Tootoo and his cheap shot late in the game (more on that in just a bit). They also killed off all three of Nashville’s power play attempts. Special teams belonged to the boys in blue on this night.
3-Nashville goaltending. I said the Blues would have to solve Pekka Rinne and not make him look like a concrete wall in the net. They did just that. Pushing three past Rinne made him finally look human. This should go a long way and give the Blues confidence in future meetings. Rinne was losing his cool in the final minutes of the game. Maybe he now needs to drink some whiskey with the mentally-challenged fans in music city.
4-Steve Sullivan. I mentioned the Blues need to stop this rink rat and not make him look like the second coming of Mario Lemieux. They made him look more like Jocelyn Lemieux tonight (please tell me you remember him!). Sullivan had just one shot on goal and was a minus one. The strategy worked. The Blues finally made Steve Sullivan look like the average hockey player that he truly is.
So as you can see, my truly genius mind was right on. The Blues mastered all four of the above keys. To further pat myself on the back, I said the Blues would score three goals and they did. Finally I said to keep your head up and ignore Tootoo the dummy. Carlo Colaiacovo failed to listen to me. I’m sure right now Carlo has a very nasty headache. Tootoo is going to seriously injure somebody at some point. He is a dangerous “player”. I use quotes because this idiot should not be considered a real player. He truly is a predator. But if you believe in what goes around comes around. Then Tootoo is going to have a steep price to pay one of these days.
I am now officially saddened to say “To Catch A Predator” is over. All good things must eventually come to an end. I love making fun of the clueless and very fugly Nashville faithful. Somebody once told me if you don’t have anything good to say, then keep the mouth shut. Thank God for keyboards!
About the Author
Written by Dave Frederick
Dave has spent more than 20 years covering the NHL for a variety of different media outlets. Most notably ESPN, Fox Sports and the National Hockey League.