10th: Back-to-Back Thrillers in Canada

Sunday, 03.23.2008 / 11:49 AM / 10th Anniversary
By Sarah Ryan  - Nashville Predators
November 29 & December 1, 2007

If any phrase has captured the essence of the Predator’s this season, “resilient” would be it. Never was this more apparent than when the Predators went on a Canadian road swing that led them to the hockey hotbeds of Ottawa and Montreal.

Playing in Ottawa on November 29th, the Predators began their road trip in frenzied fashion—with Dan Hamuis scoring the game’s first goal on a power play just 44 seconds in. From that point on, the two teams traded chances, playing most of the game tied or within one goal.

It wasn’t until early in the third that Nashville went up 5-3 on Martin Gellinas’ third goal of the season. Ottawa dug in and scored twice to tie it up—the second of those goals coming with under a minute left to play in regulation.

It looked as though the game was headed to overtime until J.P. Dumont stole the puck from Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond and found Martin Erat in the left face-off circle. With Jason Arnott screening goaltender Martin Gerber, Erat got off the shot and found the back of the net, sealing a wild 6-5 Predators’ victory in Ottawa.

The next game found the Predators in Montreal, down 4-1 midway through third period—with Jed Ortmeyer’s shorthanded goal in the third being the lone Predators’ tally. But in a span of just 6:47 David Legwand, Greg DeVries, and Radek Bonk each scored to tie the game 4-all. Bonk’s goal came within the final minute of regulation, forcing the overtime.

Overtime proved to be frantic and exciting, with the teams trading chances, playing end-to-end, and even hitting some posts along the way—though neither team was able to score.

The Predators eventually prevailed in a shootout that saw the teams employ all six skaters. A pair of quick wrist shots by Bonk and Erat lifted the Preds to 2-1 in the shootout, capping a resilient comeback effort with a 5-4 win in Montreal and giving the Predators a pair of exciting road wins.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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