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10th: 3rd period comeback, 2OT Game 1 vs. San Jose

Monday, 03.24.2008 / 9:34 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: 3rd period comeback, 2OT Game 1 vs. San Jose
April 11, 2007

The Predators and Sharks kicked off their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a bang in front of a sellout crowd at the Sommet Center, playing the longest game in franchise history – a barnburner that lasted more than 88 minutes. San Jose claimed a 5-4 victory to take a 1-0 advantage in the series, but not before a valiant third-period comeback by the Preds that saw them erase a two-goal deficit.

Alexander Radulov scored on a beautiful goal at 13:05 of the third, and J.P. Dumont sent the game to sudden death with the first of four goals he would score in the series with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We battled through,” said Radulov, who had two goals in his first career playoff game. “Of course, we're not happy about the loss in the second overtime, but I think we are a good team. It's a best of seven, not one game, so we just have to regroup, play more disciplined and not take a lot of penalties.”

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun kept his team in the game as they fought through early penalty trouble, stopping 13 shots in the first period and a total of 33 in the game.

“I thought Vokoun was real good tonight,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “I mean in the first part of the game we took a lot of penalties. He had to be real good for us and he kept us alive.”

Despite the heart-breaking loss, the Predators would bounce back in Game 2, receiving two goals each from Dumont and Peter Forsberg for a convincing 5-2 victory, sending the series out to San Jose tied 1-1.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33