IIIiteracy: Preds the Pit(ts), Buff’s Brace, Wild Win

by J.R.

Tonight in Conference III action:

Things started well for Nashville in Pittsburgh, as nouveau père Gabby Bourque popped one behind Marc-Andre Fleury on a Kevin Klein shot that bounced off everyone before skidding off his skate. It was a very Nashville goal in that it wouldn’t have been a shot on goal except that it went in the net (Blake Geoffrion once had an entire hat trick made up of such efforts). It was the kind of goal the Predators have not been getting recently (they also haven’t been getting any other kind of goals), so it was welcome. And hey! A lead! For the first time since the end of the game in Colorado, which was roughly three and a half years ago.

Bourque was very honest with Pete Weber and Stu Grimson (Terry Crisp had the night off for his father’s funeral) and said, no, he didn’t see it. Good for you.

Anyway, that was the last and only highlight for Nashville. Marek Mazanec (I’ve decided his nickname is “The Velvet Revolution“) ended up surrendering four goals to Pittsburgh. Carter Hutton came in in relief (he was perfect!). The Preds return to Nashville on a four-game loser. But it gets easier! They’re playing Chicago tomorrow!

The Jets had a better time against the Stupid Ugly Dumb Metro. Dustin Byfuglien had two goals. Two! Perpetual tradeable assets Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds each scored for the Flyers. But twas for naught, because Your New Favorite Player Bryan Little got the odd goal in the shootout for the Jets win.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Charlie Coyle scored late — the most important goal of his life since this one:

The goal gave the Wild a 3-2 win over the visiting Panthers.