First goal for Preds' prized prospect isn't enough

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9:30pm
Staff reports
Patric Hornqvist gets checked hard into the boards by Bruins' Dennis Wideman.

Colin Wilson scored his first goal as a professional in the same city where he was a college star, but the Nashville Predators’ losing streak reached six games (0-5-1) with a 3-2 loss at Boston on Wednesday.

Wilson gave the Predators (2-5-1) a 2-1 lead when he scored at 6:17 of the second period. Patric Hornqvist had the lone assist, his team-leading fifth of the season.

Nashville’s top draft pick in 2008 spent the previous two seasons at Boston University, which he helped win the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Last season he was second in the nation with 55 points and was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

He missed the first three games of the season with a groin injury and then was held without a point in his first four appearances.

“Generally, my offense, it’s not necessarily slow, I just know that when I went to the (U.S.) national team it took me seven games to get my first goal, when I went to college it took me eight games to get my first goal and it took me five games to get a point,” he said last week. “ … I think it’s all going to come in time.”

Jerred Smithson scored Nashville’s other goal, his first of the season, and gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the contest. David Legwand and Cody Franson had the assists, the first points of their season and career, respectively.

Boston (4-4-0) answered each of the two goals with one of its and finally went ahead when Steve Begin scored the only goal of the third period with 11:27 remaining.

Dan Ellis started in goal for Nashville and made 24 saves.

The Predators continue a five-game stretch of road games Thursday at Ottawa (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports Tennessee-Comcast Ch. 28).


2 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 10/21/09 at 11:55

Ice hockey is not a sport I find myself drawn to as a native southerner, At 2-5 and 1 they are the best team in Nashville college or professional. I think I will go down and enjoy some of their peanuts and hot dogs. I think I have a better chance of seeing a victory for a Nashville team.

By: Alphadog7 on 10/22/09 at 6:49

The Preds will be fine, they have a tough schedule to start, and are dealing with some injuries to key players. With a road game at Ottawa and Chicago on the schedule though, they will have to overachieve to end this streak.