Tuesday night's 5-4 Predators loss to the Los Angeles Kings was a difficult game to watch. It was a hard fought game by both teams with few crisp passes and cycling the puck was almost non-existent.
Barry Trotz discussed the type of game that it was and and the reason for the outcome after the game.
"I think both teams, for the most part, were actually checking pretty well. When you look and see that it was 5-4, you think not so much, but teams had a high degree of pressure on the puck so therefore it got choppy and scrambley. From that part, the forechecking is part of your defensive game as well as a part of your offensive game and both teams forechecked pretty well."
"The difference was minor. It was a goal, a mistake, a wrap-around goal, a second chance; at the end of the day, you count up the number of battles you win and the number of battles you lose. I'd say they won a few more battles than we did and that was the difference."
One goal that really stood out was the one by Sergei Kostitsyn, where he took the puck down the ice and put it past Jonathan Quick on an unassisted play. It was a real breakthrough for him to shoot instead of passing.
The Predators will return to the ice at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche, which is another team playing desperate hockey, fighting for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
With St. Louis beating Chicago and pulling eight points ahead of the Predators it is becoming more difficult by the day for the Preds, with 16 games remaining, to be able to win the division and avoid the dreaded four-five match with Detroit or St. Louis.
Here is our game story from last night and Barry Trotz's postgame presser. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Doug Brumley (Preds.com)
John Manasso (NHL.com)
Jim Diamond (AP)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - One More Thing
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303) Game Story - LeftGovers
Paul McCann (HockeyBuzz)
Chris Burton (On The Forecheck)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Los Angeles Media...
Jewels from the Crown
The Royal Half
L A Kings News
Audio from the Predators comes from....
Patric Hornqvist (Part 1, Part 2)
From Los Angeles, we hear from...
Coach Darryl Sutter
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Justin Williams
2. Patric Hornqvist
3. Trevor Lewis
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass