Tis a Scratch: Halischuk Rebounds Again In Back-to-Back Preds Wins

Matt Halischuk was scratched in Thursday night's loss to the Penguins, but returned to the lineup on Saturday with a scoring touch, picking up 3 points in 2 games.

Matt Halischuk scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season over the weekend. (Sarah Fuqua)

After Saturday night’s win against Winnipeg in which Matt Halischuk scored the first goal of the game, Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz heaped praise on Matt Halischuk for his ability to respond to being scratched out of games.

“That’s why I scratch him – because I know that every time I put him back in he’s going to score,” Trotz tongue-in-cheekedly told the media.

“He’s one of those guys where it’s always about the team and never about (himself),” Trotz added. “He just goes out and works. He has foundations that are very strong and a diligent work ethic. That’s why I think he has success when he is in and out of the lineup.”

Halischuk had been a healthy scratch in the Predators’ Thursday night loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Added back into the lineup on Saturday, however, Halischuk collected his first goal since January 31.

On Sunday night, the Predators traveled to Chicago. Again, Halischuk got the scoring going, potting his 14th of the season on Blackhawks netmind Corey Crawford.

Halischuk would add an assist on Francis Bouillon’s third period goal, giving him his fourth career multi-point game.

GoalDateOpponentGoaltender
110/7/2011Blue JacketsSteve Mason
210/20/2011CanucksRoberto Luongo
311/3/2011CoyotesJason LaBarbera
411/8/2011KingsJonathan Bernier
511/17/2011Maple LeafsBen Scrivens
612/13/2011FlamesMiikka Kiprusoff
712/23/2011StarsRichard Bachman
812/30/2011BluesJaroslav Halak
91/1/2012FlamesMiikka Kiprusoff
101/16/2012IslandersKevin Poulin
111/23/2012Blue JacketsSteve Mason
121/31/2012WildJosh Harding
133/24/2012JetsOndrej Pavelec
143/25/2012BlackhawksCorey Crawford

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A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Patten Fuqua is the managing editor of PuckScene.com. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Belmont University in Journalism and Broadcasting.