Shane Doan led the team with a 5 point night and was rewarded after the game with the announcement that he is being honoured with this year's captaincy of the Nashville Predators.
Shane Doan is in his third year as a Predator and he didn't like what he'd been seeing from this year's squad. Asked about the rough start, he was quoted as saying: "Coming off a spectacular preseason in which we went unbeaten, I think there was a high level of confidence going around the dressing room. Based on our start to the year, its clear that that attitude is not going to cut it in this tough Western Conference. I am as guilty as every member of this team - I mean look how many points I have through 4 games...none."
Doan went on to set an example for the team yesterday, scoring 4 goals and recording 1 assist, as he led the Predators to a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. The match was a spirited affair, with each team taking 5 penalties, though thankfully not quite as spirited as their last game against the Coyotes. Their defensive anchors, Mattias Ohlund and Jason Smith, both missed the game due to a suspension and injury stemming from the Phoenix game. Oh, and did I mention that top LW Paul Kariya left the game 5 minutes into the 1st period, and did not return.
Nashville, however, capitalized by going a perfect 5 for 5 on the power play, with Doan responsible for 3 of the goals. Brett McLean and Jarome Iginla notched the other 2 PP markers. Mike Fisher put up a big night, notching a goal and adding 3 helpers and Jarome Iginla put up two points to go with a team high 5 shots.
After the game Doan was asked if his earlier comments served as motivation to prove his worth:
"Definetely, anytime you realize that you aren't doing your job as you're expected to do it, that can hit you pretty hard. I just went out there and tried to do what I do as best as I can and it worked out well. Hopefully, we can learn from this experience and take this into the next game and keep on winning."
After the game, coach Craig MacTavish announced that "What Doan did today on the ice is the kind of leadership I have been looking for this year. He is one of the longest serving members on this team and he showed why tonight. There is no doubt in my mind that I want him to be the captain of this team. Jarome Iginla, Jason Smith and Mattias Ohlund are going to be the associate captains. They all bring a big game and excellent leadership to our squad."