|CHI||0||0||0||0||1 (2 - 3)||3|
|NSH||0||0||0||0||0 (1 - 3)||2|
JP Dumont extended his scoring streak to eight games with a pair of assists as the Predators earned a point in their third consecutive game despite a 3-2 shootout loss on Sunday night to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a crowd of 12,484 at the Sommet Center.
Dumont has recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points during the streak, matching his career-long point scoring streak originally set during the 2001-02 season while a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
|Highlights: Blackhawks 3, Predators 2 (SO)
Post-game locker room reaction
Head Coach Barry Trotz's Post-game Press Conf.
The Predators opted to go first in the shootout and Radek Bonk converted the opening opportunity, however Patrick Kane matched him with a conversion on Chicago’s first attempt. Martin Erat and Martin Havlat had their attempts saved and Alexander Radulov missed on the Predators third chance. Patrick Sharp won the game with a high backhand after a deke move.
Both teams had great chances in the overtime session. Nashville had the first chance with when David Legwand’s breakaway was broken up with a poke check from behind. Chicago drew a power-play opportunity midway through the OT period, but were unable to convert.
The Predators controlled the play during the first period, out-shooting the Blackhawks 16-9. Further the Preds created several scoring opportunities, led by Erat with two quality chances in the first 5:30 of the game and Dumont with an additional three opportunities later in the period.
Chicago opened the scoring 1:17 into the second period on Sharp’s 22nd goal of the season. Havlat created the play with pin-point cross ice pass from above the right wing faceoff circle to the top of far side goal crease where Sharp redirected the puck over Dan Ellis.
The Blackhawks drew a power-play opportunity 1:16 later, but were unable to generate any serious scoring chances. The Predators settled in from there and earned a power-play chance of their own at the 6:26 mark of the middle period. Bonk had two great scoring chances on the power-play, one which he fired just wide and another off a deflection in front of the net, but Nashville was unable to convert on the man-advantage. The Predators had to kill off a pair of shorthanded situations at the tail end of the period to keep the score 1-0 heading into the third period.
Marek Zidlicky tied the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season, a power-play tally 4:39 into the third period. On the power-play, Dumont held the puck along the boards, face-off dot high, patiently waited before firing a cross-ice feed to Zidlicky cutting back door.
The Blackhawks regained the lead with 8:43 remaining in regulation on Robert Lang’s 16th goal of the season. The Predators had a chance to clear the defensive zone on the play, but after a turnover at the blueline, the Hawks connected on quick passing from Havlat to Kane to Lang for a one-timer short-side.
Nashville forced overtime with its second power-play goal of the night at the 14:32 mark of the third. Immediately off the face-off to start the power-play, Ville Koistinen fed the puck to Dumont at the top of the right face-off circle. Dumont’s shot was saved, but Legwand banged home the rebound for his 10th goal of the campaign.
Ellis made 28 saves in net for the Predators, while Patrick Lalime stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks.
Nashville returns to action on Tuesday night when the Calgary Flames visit the Sommet Center for a 7 pm game (click here for tickets).
Notes: Barry Trotz coached his 700th game with the Predators ... Dumont's previous eight-game point scoring streak ran from Nov. 21 - Dec. 7, 2001 (7 goals, 6 assists) ... Dumont's streak is the third-longest active point scoring streak in the NHL.
Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the past two shootouts… The shootouts are just one-on-one challenges and when you win them they’re great and when you don’t they aren’t. You need your guys to find a way to put the puck in the net. It is what it is and we just need to find ways to win some of those.
On shootouts from a goaltenders perspective… We talked about it as far as shootouts go and we talk about it daily and focus on what we need to work on. We’re just not executing and I think Radulov is 0-for-6 now and he should be a guy, you know with his hands and his abilities and be able to score. We’re going to have to rival up the deck and change things up.
On Sharp and Lang’s goals for the entire year… They have scored 11 of their 18 goals against us so yeah those two guys are hot when they play us that’s for sure. That’s about 65% of their goals for the year.
We try to shutdown some of their guys. A lot of their offense comes from things generated from the team and we want to shut them down but we didn’t.
Predators Goaltender Dan Ellis
On the past two games… We battled to get two points out of the two games. We battled in each game to take them to overtime and lost in a shootout. That’s an area we maybe need to work on a little bit, the goaltending and the forwards. We have to find ways to stop that puck and the other guys have to find ways to score so we can those vital two points.
Predators Forward Alexander Radulov
On his shootout slump… (I just) need to go out there and not think of any moves before I go. Just go out there and see what the goalie gives me. We have to regroup. Tomorrow is a new day and Tuesday we are playing Calgary. They are a good team. We just have to get two points in our building.
On facing Lalime… I don’t remember if I’ve shot at him. I don’t try and watch the goalies. All the goalies are different. They all play different, the good goalies, they just react, you don’t know what they’re going to do. That’s my problem, because you start thinking before you go in the shootout ‘what am I going to do,’ you just need to go out there with a (clear) head and do it, because I know I can do it. I did it last year.
On facing two hot goaltenders in two games… There aren’t any bad goalies in this league. It’s the best league in the world. He did his job and they won, like Leclaire last night. Dan Ellis (played) awesome too. They scored in shootouts, we didn’t. It’s the shootouts, you never know what’s going to happen.
Predators Forward David Legwand
On playing well in the third period… Any point you can get is a good one this time of year, especially against Chicago, a division rival. We wanted to get the two (points), but they won the shootout and we have to move forward and get a win Tuesday night.
On his frustration losing in two shootouts in a row… It’s tough to handle. Obviously, it’s two points we lost and we certainly need any point we can get right now. We have to keep moving forward.
On the team’s confidence in shootouts… I don’t know what it is. It’s tough to handle right now. We probably could have won that game in regulation or overtime. To get the two points before we get to the shootout is the main goal.
On the scoring in the third… I think we started getting people in front of Lalime and he wasn’t really seeing the shots as well. We went on from there. When the goalie really doesn’t see the puck, it’s going to be our best chances to score. That was our goal.
|Patrick Sharp (22) ASST: Marty Havlat (9), Brent Sopel (11)|
1 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Marek Zidlicky (4) ASST: J-P Dumont (18), David Legwand (25)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Robert Lang (16) ASST: Patrick Kane (31), Marty Havlat (10)|
2 - 1 CHI
|PPG - David Legwand (10) ASST: J-P Dumont (19), Ville Koistinen (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||R. Bonk||P. Kane||1 - 1|
|2||M. Erat||M. Havlat||1 - 1|
|3||A. Radulov||P. Sharp||1 - 2|
|Martin Gelinas Tripping against Dustin Byfuglien|
|Brent Seabrook Hooking against Jerred Smithson|
|Cam Barker Roughing against Martin Gelinas|
|Martin Gelinas Roughing against Cam Barker|
|Ryan Suter Interference against Rene Bourque|
|Martin Lapointe Hooking against Martin Gelinas|
|Martin Erat Holding against Jake Dowell|
|Vernon Fiddler Hooking against Duncan Keith|
|Jordan Hendry Tripping against Vernon Fiddler|
|Jed Ortmeyer Interference against Cam Barker|
|Brent Seabrook Tripping against J-P Dumont|
|Brent Seabrook Interference against Vernon Fiddler|
|Tuomo Ruutu Diving against Jed Ortmeyer|
|Jed Ortmeyer Interference against Tuomo Ruutu|
|Jason Arnott Tripping against Patrick Sharp|
|SA: 37||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 35||EV: 29 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .946||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 30||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .933||SH: 2 - 2|