10th:Timonen converts first penalty shot in Predators history

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10th:Timonen converts first penalty shot in Predators history
November 18, 1999

Fans that visited the Sommet Center on November 18, 1999 to catch the Montreal Canadiens in only their second visit to the Music City saw a little bit of everything from the home team.  Nashville scored two shorthanded goals, a power-play goal, and the first penalty-shot goal in team history en route to a 6-1 victory in a fight-filled fracas.

The penalty-shot opportunity was the first in Nashville’s franchise history.  Nashville netminders had faced two penalty shots during the team’s inaugural season of 1998-99, but it wasn’t until the team’s 99th game that the Preds got a turn.  Defenseman Kimmo Timonen was dragged down from behind by Montreal winger Brian Savage while on a shorthanded breakaway. On his one-on-one attempt against Jeff Hackett, Timonen deked right and lifted a backhander over the sprawling Habs netminder to give Nashville a 3-1 lead.

"It was a weird feeling," Timonen said. "I was so happy yet so nervous. I never took a penalty shot at any level before. I didn't know I was going to the backhand when I took off. When the goalie came at me, I decided to go backhand."

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