The Predators finished strong, even if was for naught. Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Sunday. The Wild wrapped up the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference earlier in the week, so there were few motivators other than the maintenance of health and momentum. For the second straight night, Nashville scored seven times. The Predators won 7-5 at home against Chicago on Saturday. Good way for coach Barry Trotz, the only bench boss the franchise has ever had, to go out if he's not retained. Trotz said he realized this could be his last game with the team. "If I said differently I'd be lying," he said. Bryzgalov, though, didn't do himself or the Wild any good with this shaky performance, as meaningless as the game was. Ryan Ellis, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Smith scored consecutively in the second period to steer Bryzgalov toward the bench at the second intermission. Rich Clune had a goal in the first period, and Calle Jarnkrok and Smith scored in the final frame.
Predators pour on offense in season finale
Tennessean | Apr 14