|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
|STL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||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.
|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).
|J-P Dumont (18) ASST: Ryan Suter (12), Jason Arnott (24)|
1 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Andy McDonald (9) ASST: David Backes (8), Paul Kariya (29)|
1 - 1 Tie
|David Legwand (11) ASST: Martin Erat (20), Rich Peverley (1)|
2 - 1 NSH
|SHG - Scott Nichol (3) ASST: Jerred Smithson (5), Dan Hamhuis (14)|
3 - 1 NSH
|Jason Arnott (17) ASST: Martin Gelinas (8)|
4 - 1 NSH
|SHG - Scott Nichol (4) ASST: Jerred Smithson (6), Dan Hamhuis (15)|
5 - 1 NSH
|Brad Boyes (26) ASST: Andy McDonald (20), Paul Kariya (30)|
5 - 2 NSH
|Scott Nichol Hooking against Jay McKee|
|Jay McKee Holding against Scott Nichol|
|Greg De Vries Hooking against David Perron|
|Ville Koistinen Interference against Lee Stempniak|
|Ville Koistinen Delay of game|
|Mike Glumac Fighting against Shea Weber|
|Shea Weber Fighting against Mike Glumac|
|Greg De Vries Hooking against Jay McClement|
|David Backes Tripping against Ryan Suter|
|Keith Tkachuk Hi-sticking against Marek Zidlicky|
|Marek Zidlicky Roughing against Dan Hinote|
|Dan Hinote Slashing against Marek Zidlicky|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 21 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .923||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 15||TOI: 35:06|
|Saves: 11||EV: 11 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .733||SH: 0 - 1|
|SA: 12||TOI: 24:54|
|Saves: 11||EV: 8 - 8|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 1|