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Preds Rookies Earn Shootout Win, Split Series with Thrashers

Tuesday, 09.23.2008 / 2:26 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Rookies Earn Shootout Win, Split Series with Thrashers
Nashville Predators free-agent invite Brandon Buck scored the shootout-deciding tally as the Predators rookies topped the Atlanta Thrashers rookies, 3-2, in a matinee contest at the Sommet Center on Tuesday. Both rookie games between the two squads needed a shootout to decide the outcome, with Atlanta’s youngsters prevailing by an identical score Monday night.

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Three of the four regulation goals came while skating with the man advantage. Nashville finished 1-6 on the power play behind the first goal of the game by Nick Spaling, at 5:05 of the opening 15-minute session Grant Lewis in the box for hooking.

The Thrashers would answer with a man-advantage marker of their own at the 12:50 mark of the first after Riley Hozapfel slammed home a centering pass from Tomas Pospisil.

The standout line of Mike Santorelli paired with Andreas Thuresson and Ryan Jones would combine for the lone five-on-five goal of the game with 2:50 expired in the middle frame. Santorelli’s second goal is as many days came on a rebound attempt – he slammed an initial stuff attempt home by Jones.

Atlanta would even the score at two apiece just 22 seconds into the third period with 2005 Predators draft pick Ryan Maki in the box. Chad Painchaud lifted a quick wrist shot over the outstretched blocker of Mark Dekanich for his second goal of the series, with Angelo Esposito and Lewis being credited with assists.

Buck’s goal on the first attempt of the shootout was all Nashville would need, but defenseman Robert Dietrich would also solve netminder Chris Carrozzi in the penalty-shot competition to ice it for Nashville. Painchaud and Esposito were both stymied by Predators goalie Dekanich on their attempts, while Carrozzi made one save on Mark Santorelli.

Atlanta outshot Nashville 34-21 for the 45-minute game.

First Period
5:05 NSH Spaling PPG (Matheson, Blum), 12:50 ATL Holzapfel PPG (Pospisil)

Second Period
2:50 Mike Santorelli (Jones, Thuresson)

Third Period
:21 Painchaud PPG (Esposito, Lewis)

Overtime
None

Goaltenders
NSH Pickard 15 min., 12 svs., 1 ga
NSH Smith 15 min., 9 svs., 0 ga
(W) NSH Dekanich 20 min., 11 svs., 1 ga
ATL Carrozzi 50 min., 19 svs., 2 ga
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 56 11 31 0 42
F. Forsberg 56 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 56 15 21 -2 36
M. Ribeiro 56 6 30 3 36
J. Neal 56 21 14 19 35
M. Ekholm 56 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 55 6 16 2 22
C. Jarnkrok 55 11 8 2 19
C. Smith 56 11 7 -1 18
R. Johansen 16 4 12 6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 6 2 1 .924 2.10