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Koistinens scores first NHL goal with 14

December 16, 2017 by Melissa Underwood  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ville Koistinen's wait was well worth it.Koistinen scored his first NHL goal and it turned out to be the winner in the Nashville Predators' 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. "We have over 80 games, so I knew it was going to come Kiko Alonso Jersey sometime," Koistinen said. The rookie defenceman didn't get frustrated by his lack of scoring, but the goal was surely a welcome lift for his teammates."It is a goal I will remember all my life," Koistinen said. "I haven't thought about it Bob Griese Jersey that much, but I knew it was going to come."I am not a big goal scorer. I have never had more than nine in a season. I like the pa sing part of it. That is a big part of my game."Predators coach Barry Trotz has often called Koistinen the best defenceman on the team. He saw nothing Thursday to make him change his mind."The puck-distributing part of Ville's game Mike Pouncey Jersey is really solid," Trotz said. "He has a lot of life in his legs right now. Ville gets the job done with his feet. He has been good. He had a huge goal."Jason Arnott, Alexander Radulov and Jordin Tootoo also scored for the Jarvis Landry Jersey Predators.Kris Beech and David Vyborny had power-play goals for the Blue Jackets, and Jiri Novotny also scored for Columbus.Nashville topped its Central Division rival for the 12th straight time."There is no secret to beating Columbus," Trotz said. "And if there was I wouldn't tell you. They threw everything but the kitchen sink at us."