Devils 3, Predators 2, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk is not a fan of shootouts. "I would rather win 3-1," Kovalchuk said. "You are one-on-one against the goalie. I have found you have to relax and do your thing." He did Saturday night. Kovalchuk and Zach Parise each scored in the shootout to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. Kovalchuk shot the puck over Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who went low in an attempt to block the shot. "We were watching highlights before the game," Kovalchuk said. "We knew Rinne was a big goalie who could move really quick. We knew he was going to go down and try to block the shot." Kovalchuk also scored a power-play goal and David Clarkson added a goal for New Jersey. It was the Devils' second straight shootout win. Colin Wilson, Jerred Smithson scored for Nashville. The Predators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Wilson, skating in the middle of the slot, scored on a tip-in of a pass from Sergei Kostitsyn at 12:22. Kostitsyn has one assist in each of Nashville's four games. Smthson, stationed a few feet from the net on the left side, put a wrist shot behind New Jersey goaltender Johan Hedberg at 13:53. Hedberg stopped a penalty shot by Kostitsyn at 11:53 of the first period. Neither team scored in the second period, but one minute into the third and on a power play, Kovalchuk fired a wrist shot high into the left corner of the net that bounced off of the crossbar. "It's always nice to score like that," Kovalchuk said. "It gives you a lot of energy." Kovalchuk played a game-high 32 minute, 4 seconds. Nashville coach Barry Trotz stressed that it is difficult for a player to be on the ice for that length of time. "He can fly and he is a big man," Trotz said. "He's hard to contain. Their whole team got momentum after his first goal." Clarkson tied it 2-all at the 7:57 mark, beating Rinne from his glove side. "Guys were screaming between periods that this was our game," Clarkson said. "We have enough guys in this room that believe. It's fun to come back like this." New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer thought his team outplayed the Predators despite the rough start. New Jersey out shot Nashville 41-31, the fourth time this season the Predators have been outshot. "I think we deserved to win," DeBoer said. "Their goaltender made a few big saves early to give them a chance to have the lead they had. We felt really good about our game and we just needed to stick with it. That is what we did." Trotz saw some reasons to be happy with his team despite the second home loss in as many outings. "We let it get away by a hair," Trotz said. "There are so many positives out of the whole deal. We saw a little bit more of Predator hockey, especially in the first period." NOTES: David Legwand assisted on Wilson's goal and has been part of eight of Nashville's 11 goals this season. ... Nashville's Matt Halischuk played his first career game against New Jersey, the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2007. ...This is the only time the Predators and Devils will play each other this season.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:22NSH PPG - Colin Wilson (2) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (4), David Legwand (6) 1 - 0 NSH
13:53NSH Jerred Smithson (1) ASST: Jordin Tootoo (1), Kevin Klein (1) 2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
01:00NJD PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (2) ASST: Henrik Tallinder (1), Patrik Elias (2) 2 - 1 NSH
07:57NJD David Clarkson (1) ASST: Mattias Tedenby (1), Mark Fayne (1) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1NJDIlya Kovalchuk - Goal
2NSHCal O'Reilly - Save
3NJDZach Parise - Goal
4NSHMatt Halischuk - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDNew Jersey DevilsNashville Predators
1Ilya KovalchukCal O'Reilly
2Zach PariseMatt Halischuk
Three Stars of the Game
Ilya Kovalchuk
Ilya Kovalchuk
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 32:04
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:27
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 31TOI: 64:45
GA: 2EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .935SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:10NSH Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Jacob Josefson
08:51NJD David Clarkson  Boarding (maj) against  Ryan Suter
08:51NSH Shea Weber  Roughing against  David Clarkson
09:26NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Hooking against  Patrik Elias
16:32NJD Eric Boulton  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jordin Tootoo
16:32NSH Jordin Tootoo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Boulton
16:32NJD Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
16:32NSH Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
19:50NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Slashing against  Andy Greene
2nd Period
16:18NSH Blake Geoffrion  Roughing against  Brad Mills
16:18NJD Brad Mills  Roughing against  Blake Geoffrion
18:53NJD Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
19:23NSH Patric Hornqvist  Hi-sticking against  Anton Volchenkov
19:46NSH Shea Weber  Cross checking against  Patrik Elias
3rd Period
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/3
Faceoff Wins3037
Blocked Shots1016
Penalty Minutes1621
5A. LarssonD00-11025:37
6A. GreeneD00-13021:26
7H. TallinderD0112021:03
8D. ZubrusC0001018:07
9Z. PariseL0007024:05
11B. MillsC00-1128:14
12N. PalmieriR0001016:14
15P. SykoraR0013015:43
16J. JosefsonC0002017:00
17I. KovalchukR10-17032:04
21M. TedenbyR0111010:50
22E. BoultonL000126:27
23D. ClarksonR1004515:25
24B. SalvadorD0001017:58
25C. JanssenR000052:44
26P. EliasC0101023:07
28A. VolchenkovD0002016:54
29M. FayneD0113018:17
1J. Hedberg2931.93564:45
2T. LaaksoD00-11011:37
5B. GeoffrionC000129:58
6S. WeberD0006427:24
7J. BlumD0011023:06
8K. KleinD0111024:05
11D. LegwandC0103022:09
13N. SpalingC0010019:31
15C. SmithR000107:26
16C. O'ReillyC00-10014:16
20R. SuterD0005029:09
22J. TootooR0112214:41
23B. McGrattanR000054:54
24M. HalischukR00-11015:59
25J. SmithsonC1002219:25
27P. HornqvistR000029:32
33C. WilsonL1002018:27
38J. HillenD00-11014:51
74S. KostitsynL0104419:53
35P. Rinne3941.95165:00