NHL.com: Halischuk savors biggest goal of career

Sunday, 05.1.2011 / 3:21 AM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
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NHL.com: Halischuk savors biggest goal of career
Rookie forward Matt Halischuk scored the biggest goal in Predators history by getting the winner in double overtime in Game 2 against Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Matt Halischuk got himself into the Predators’ record book Saturday night by winning the longest game in Nashville history.

Halischuk, a rookie forward, rifled a shot past Roberto Luongo 14:51 into the second overtime to give the Predators a 2-1 series-tying win against the Canucks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

The goal was Halischuk’s second of the playoffs in just his eighth career NHL playoff game.

  Game Winning Goal
  Halischuk Post-Game Interview
Afterward the 22-year-old sat down with the media to discuss his big night:

Q: Describe how the play unfolded.

A: Smitty (Jerred Smithson) did a great job winning the draw and (Shea Weber) threw it over to Suts (Ryan Suter) there, he had great battle on the wall and made a great pass over. Smitty was driving the net and I kind of picked my spot – luckily it went in.

Q: How good does it feel?

A: It was definitely unbelievable.

Q: Were you thinking upstairs on Roberto Luongo?

A: I was just trying to get it off as hard and quick as I could, tried to pick my spot and luckily it went in.

Q: How good was Pekka Rinne again tonight?

A: He’s been unbelievable all year, and it’s no surprise to us. You see those saves he makes in night in, and night out. He kept us in this game, and it was a good thing we could close it out.

Q: How does it compare to scoring the overtime winner in the gold medal game at the 2008 World Junior Championship?

A: It’s hard to compare right now. Maybe I’ll look back at it one day, but definitely I think this is the most exciting it’s been so far for sure.

Q: How important was it to even the series heading back to Nashville?

A: Game 1 was a wakeup call, we came out hard today and had a good 60 minutes to get us to overtime and just kind of went from there. I think we’ll try to take the momentum back home for sure.

Author: Dhiren Mahiban | NHL.com Correspondent

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