by Joshua Wattay | Predators Correspondent | Mon, May 8th 1:03am EDT
Roman Josi scored a goal, was credited with an assist, and earned a plus-two rating during Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Saint Louis Blues.
Josi only accumulated three points through the first five games of the series with the Blues, until he turned up the intensity for a crucial game-six. After a shaky first period for the Predators overall, adjustments were made, particularly in the cycling routine on the offensive end. Josi recognized that the puck was to remain in play and cycled beautifully from the point at the top of the face-off circle, down diagonally to the opposite side slot. Saint Louis lost Josi in the process of sending two defending players towards Mattias Ekholm, who was rushing with the puck down the far left lane. With the two-on-one defensive scheme, Mattias was able to make a beautiful cross-ice pass laterally, cutting the two Blues skaters and finding Josi in the far side-slot for an easy one-timer. The Josi goal came at the 00:35 mark of the second period, and it was just what the Predators needed to regain momentum after a mediocre first period effort. The rest is history as the Predators pressed the initiative and tempo of the match for the rest of the evening, ultimately victorious. Josi is a key component of the defense, and as long as he matches Sunday night's intensity, the Predators are on another level.