The Nashville Predators had been rolling right along this season en route to an 11-3-3 record over their first 17 games. Pekka Rinne was playing great, the defense was its typically stout self and the scoring attack was doing just fine. In fact the Preds scored seven goals on two separate occasions earlier this month.
However after Miikka Salomaki's goal 6:13 into the second period in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the offense completely dried up. Over the next three games, the Predators failed to register a goal. They were out-scored 11-0 over that span. It's that kind of stretch that might cause a team to wonder if they're ever going to score again.
Wednesday night, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the Predators finally had something to be thankful for this week. Mike Fisher slammed a rebound past Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark at 13:53 of the first period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead.
The goal also broke a scoring drought of a staggering 227:39 of hockey dating back to that Salomaki goal scored eight days prior.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about that goal for the Preds is that they managed to only get four shots on net the entire first period against the Sabres. So while the drought is over, the offensive concerns were not. At least not until the Preds scored in the second period to double their lead.