The captain of the team, Jarome Iginla, had to leave the game in the middle of the second period after receiving a vicious stick to the face from Johan Franzen. Still, he was in the locker room after the game, waiting to deliver a message to the journalists: "We want to dedicate this win to Mathieu, who had to leave the team for personal reasons. He was one of the best GM in the league and we will miss him."
The win is at the same time a first win for promoted assistant GM Sylvain Tremblay. Although happy with the win, the new GM wanted to talk about the work ahead for his troops: "I'm proud of my team for winning this first game this season and breaking the ice. Yet, there is still a lot of work to be done, as we have had problems bringing the game to the other team's end in all our first three games."
Iginla, the leader of the Predators, will probably miss a few games while tests are run to make sure his swelling eye does not have any permanent damage. Eric Fehr should suit up until Iginla is ready to come back.