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Nichol's Shorthanded Goals Pace Preds Past Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Jay Levin - Nashville Predators

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Nichol's Shorthanded Goals Pace Preds Past Blues
Nashville Predators 5, St. Louis Blues 2

Scott Nichol became just the second player in the NHL this season to score two shorthanded goals in the same period to lead the Predators to 5-2 win at St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. Nichol, who entered the game with just two goals on the season, netted shorthanded scores at the 5:34 and 19:41 marks of the middle frame.

Goaltender Chris Mason stopped 24 shots to improve to 3-1-1 with a 0.99 goals against average and .959 save percentage during the month of January.

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Highlights: Predators 5, Blues 2

JP Dumont got the Nashville offense going 6:37 into the game when he extended his point scoring streak to a franchise record 11 consecutive games. Ryan Suter wristed a shot from the blueline which JP Dumont deflected at the top of the goal crease for his 18th goal of the season. Dumont has recorded eight goals and eight assists during the 11-game scoring streak.

After Andy McDonald tied the game with a power-play goal midway through the first frame, David Legwand put the Predators ahead for good at the 15:09 mark of the opening period. Martin Erat fired a shot wide of the net, but Legwand played the rebound off the back boards and flipped a shot from along the goal line 26 feet out. The puck ricocheted off the numbers on Manny Legace’s right shoulder and into the net for Legwand’s 11th goal of the season.

Nashville gained control of the game with a three goal barrage in the second period, highlighted by Nichol’s shorthanded goals. Nichol pushed the score to 3-1 at the 5:34 mark of the period with his first shorthanded tally of the afternoon. The play all started with Nichol winning a defensive zone faceoff. Dan Hamhuis wrapped the puck around the boards and Jerred Smithson chipped it past the Blues defenseman at the point. Nichol out-raced everyone down the ice to the loose puck deep in the St. Louis end. Just below the faceoff dot, Nichol flipped a wrist shot over goaltender Manny Legace’s shoulder.

A neutral zone takeaway by Martin Gelinas 9:38 later created the next Nashville score. Gelinas capitalized on a rare Eric Brewer turnover and slid the puck ahead to Jason Arnott. Arnott skated into the zone and blasted a slap shot five-hole from the right wing face-off dot for his 17th tally of the campaign.

The score led to a goaltender change for the Blues as Hannu Toivonen took over for Legace

Hamuis, Smithson and Nichol combined for a second shorthanded goal to close out the period. Hamuis attempted to clear the defensive zone, but Smithson cut off the shot and diagonally whacked the puck through the neutral zone. The puck hopped over the stick of a Blues defenseman leading to a one-on-one race for the puck between Nichol heading down ice and Blues netmider Toivonen charging out of his crease. Nichol won the race and easily skated around the St. Louis goaltender to slide the puck into the empty net.

Nichol became the first Predator to ever score two shorthanded goals in one period. He also became just the third player this season to record more than one shorthanded goal in a game and joined Chicago’s Patrick Sharp as the only players to net two shorthanded goals in the same period. Sharp scored his in the third period of Chicago’s 3-2 win at St. Louis on November 3.

Brad Boyes scored his 26th goal of the season midway through the third period to create the final score.

Post-Game Notes: Predators are 20-3-2 when scoring first and 17-1-1 when leading after 2 periods ... The Predators special teams units have been +5 over the past six games, scoring five power-play goals and two shorthanded goals and surrendering just two power-play goals against ... The Predators PK unit has killed off 20 of the 22 shorthanded opportunities against over the past six games (90.9%) ...  Dumont’s 11-game scoring streak eclipsed the old mark of 10 originally set by Steve Sullivan from March 7 - 25, 2006 and matched by Sullivan from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3, 2007 ... Smithson's two assists marked his first multi-point game of season ... Arnott had a goal and an assist to run his scoring streak to 3 consecutive games (2 goals, 2 assists). Arnott has recorded a point in 6 of the last 7 games (3 goals, 5 assists).

scoring summary
1st Period
06:37
NSH
J-P Dumont (18) Deflected shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (12), Jason Arnott (24)
1 - 0 NSH
10:23
STL
PPG - Andy McDonald (9) Snap shot - ASST: David Backes (8), Paul Kariya (29)
1 - 1 Tie
15:09
NSH
David Legwand (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Erat (20), Rich Peverley (1)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
05:34
NSH
SHG - Scott Nichol (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jerred Smithson (5), Dan Hamhuis (14)
3 - 1 NSH
15:06
NSH
Jason Arnott (17) Slapshot - ASST: Martin Gelinas (8)
4 - 1 NSH
19:41
NSH
SHG - Scott Nichol (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jerred Smithson (6), Dan Hamhuis (15)
5 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
11:39
STL
Brad Boyes (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (20), Paul Kariya (30)
5 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
06:01
NSH
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Jay McKee
06:01
STL
Jay McKee  Holding against  Scott Nichol
09:54
NSH
Greg De Vries  Hooking against  David Perron
18:48
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Interference against  Lee Stempniak
2nd Period
05:25
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Delay of game
09:59
STL
Mike Glumac  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
09:59
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Glumac
19:32
NSH
Greg De Vries  Hooking against  Jay McClement
3rd Period
05:28
STL
David Backes  Tripping against  Ryan Suter
11:58
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
18:43
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
18:43
STL
Dan Hinote  Slashing against  Marek Zidlicky
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 15TOI: 35:06
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 1
Hannu Toivonen
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 12TOI: 24:54
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 1

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