Martin Erat's surname qualifies as an anagram.
Rearrange the four letters, for example, to spell the word 'tear.'
Often that sort of thing is a novelty. In this case, it seems appropriate.
The 30-year-old forward recorded his second straight multi-point game and continued what qualifies — by any standard — as an offensive tear Thursday as the Nashville Predators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 before 16,135 at Bridgestone Arena.
Erat gave the Predators an early 1-0 lead at 5:48 of the opening period when he fired a loose puck from a difficult angle past goalie Ben Scrivens. He made it 3-1 in a more classic fashion — he finished off a 2-on-1 with center Mike Fisher — just 2:05 into the final period.
Defenseman Ryan Suter scored the game-winner and Matt Halischuk added an empty-net goal as Nashville won its second straight and its third in the last four games. It has collected at least a point in nine out its last 10.
"I know it's a long season," Erat said. "You're going to have stretches when it's not going to go in. Right now, it's a good feeling when I shoot the puck and it goes in. … Right now, we're playing good defense, playing good as a team and we're getting points."
He has had a hand in four of Nashville's six goals in the last two games and has nine points (five goals, four assists) in nine games since he returned from an injury that caused him to miss most of the season's first three weeks.
"He's skating real well, getting to pucks … making plays," Fisher said. "He's a hard guy to check with his speed and his strength, and he plays good in our end. He's smart. He's been a key to our line for sure."
Erat equals offense as Predators cruise past Toronto
Nashville City Paper | Nov 18