D avid Legwand was the first player that the Nashville Predators ever drafted on June 27, 1998.
Fifteen years later, he is the only player left from that inaugural season who has been with the team for the duration of their existence.
Thus, it serves to reason that the longest tenured Predator would be the first one to reach several franchise milestones along the way. He leads the franchise in games played, assists, points scored and, of course, goals scored.
With his first period tally on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena, Legwand became the first Nashville Predator to score 200 career goals.
“I took a shot to the net and got it through his legs there,” Legwand said. “(Calgary goaltender Miikka) Kiprusoff’s obviously a tough goalie to beat and you have to beat him with traffic in front of the net and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”
Legwand admitted that he was unaware that his 200th career goal was imminent.
“I try not to think about it, but obviously it’s been 4 or 5 games since I got one so it was nice to get it here,” he said.
Nashville rookie Austin Watson scored his first career goal in the same game that Legwand scored his 200th.
“Congrats to Leggy,” Austin Watson said. “That’s something pretty incredible. 200 goals – it felt hard enough to get the first one. It’s an awesome milestone for him and nice to share a moment here.”
Losing Streak Snapped: With a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, Nashville snapped a franchise-record 8-game skid. The streak started at Bridgestone Arena on April 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Six of the 8 losses during the streak came at Bridgestone Arena and all but the last one at Chicago were in regulation.
Goo Goo-less: Nashville never managed a “Goo Goo Goal” in the 2012-13 season, failing to register a goal in the final minute of the second period in any game at Bridgestone Arena to earn fans a free Goo Goo cluster.
First Point: In addition to Watson, Filip Forsberg recorded his first career point, an assist on Legwand’s 200th career goal. Forsberg, the 11th overall pick in last year’s NHL Entry Draft, was acquired at the trade deadline from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.
Spaling Scores: While Nashville is no longer undefeated at Bridgestone Arena when Nick Spaling scores, they do have a fairly stellar record. Spaling scored a power play goal in the second period to tie the game. With Nashville’s victory, the Predators’ record at Bridgestone Arena when Spaling scores is 16-1-1.
Quote of the Game: “We won the game. We hadn’t won in a while. We weren’t quite sure what to do.” – Predators head coach Barry Trotz
PuckScene Three Stars
- Austin Watson – Watson’s first career goal gets an automatic vote as the First Star of the game.
- Shea Weber – Had the first assist on 2 goals on a night that the Predators broke a long losing streak.
- David Legwand – Scored career goal number 200, provided an answer to Calgary’s early goal.