|NSH||1||0||3||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|MIN||2||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||5|
The Predators twice rallied from two goals down in the third period to force overtime at Minnesota on Sunday night, before Marian Gaborik gave the Wild a 5-4 OT win with less than five seconds remaining in the extra frame.
|Highlights: Wild 5,
Predators 4 (OT)
With the overtime decision, Nashville picked up three out a possible four points on the weekend to improve to 31-23-6 on the season, good for sixth place in the Western Conference, three points ahead of ninth place Colorado.
Down 3-1 heading into the third period, the Predators closed the deficit to one goal at 4:05 mark of the frame on Martin Erat's 18th score of the season. Alexander Radulov and Ryan Suter assisted on the play.
Minnesota answered right back 1:16 later on Gaborik's first of the game, 31st of the season. Gaborik was on the ice as an extra skater during a delayed penalty call on the Predators.
Nashville made the score 4-3 midway through the period on Suter's sixth goal of the season, with an assist to Radulov. Suter and Radulov each played a key part in the Predators game-tying goal, though neither earned a point on the play.
Suter made a strong play to win the puck in the defensive zone and fired a pass that sprung Martin Gelinas on a partial breakaway up the bench-side boards. Gelinas was tripped down to create a Nashville power-play, which became a five-on-three 1:35 later. Radulov's plays on the power-play created several scoring opportunities, including a key hold-in to maintain possession immediately leading up to the game-tying goal. The Preds worked the puck into the corner. Radek Bonk passed the puck to Shea Weber streaking down the middle slot. Weber took the feed and roofed a shot for his fifth of the season, tying the game with 5:55 remaining in regulation.
Minnesota nearly won the game with 1:16 left in the third period when Brent Burns cut across the top of the crease, but Chris Mason made a key left pad save to keep the game tied 4-4.
The Predators drew the first quality chance in overtime with Erat and Jason Arnott creating a turnover off a strong forecheck. Arnott's work along the boards got the puck to Erat. Erat came out of the corner, but Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom stopped his initial shot and then recovered to save Arnott's rebound chance.
The teams traded chances throughout the entertaining overtime session. After the Wild turned aside a Predators rush with 10 seconds remaining in the OT period, Pavol Demitra and Gaborik came down on a two-on-one. Weber slid across to try to prevent the cross-ice pass, but Demitra flipped a perfect pass over Weber onto Gaborik's stick for the game-winner.
Jerred Smithson opened the game's scoring 3:11 into the first period with his fifth game of the season, converting a strong play by Darcy Hordichuk. Petteri Nummelin tied the score midway through the period and Mark Parrish gave the Wild a 2-1 lead with 0:23 remaining in the first.
Minnesota extended its lead to 3-1 on a tremendous individual effort goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard, a power-play goal at the 14:19 mark of the second period.
The Predators are 5-2-3 in the month of February and 13-5-5 since Jan. 1 ... Nashville's 31 points since Jan. 1 are the most in the NHL during that time ... The Predators three-goal third period was the team's fourth three-goal period over the past five games ... Nashville's defensemen scored three of the team's six goals in the weekend back-to-back set. The defensemen also chipped in three assists in the two games ... Weber has scored goals in consecutive games for the second time this season ... Radulov has scored 87.5% of his points during even strength play, the highest percentage in the league among players with at least 40 points. Radulov's 42 even strength points are tied for the 12th most in the NHL this season.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
Do you end up feeling good about grabbing a point…“Yeah, we do when you’re down two goals in the third period. I didn’t think we had a real detailed game today, but being down two goals after two periods, and coming out with a point against Minnesota, who protects leads as well as anybody in the league, that’s a big point. We were down twice by two goals in the third period. We showed a little more resiliency and character that we do have, but at the same time, we turned the puck over too many times, and played into what the Wild do, which is counter on those typical turnovers.”
Goaltender Chris Mason
You guys made a great comeback...“Yeah, we did well in the third period. I don’t think as a team we are too happy with the first two periods. We said before the game, you can’t turn the puck over against the Wild. They make you pay. Their goals that we got, we turned the puck over, that’s just undisciplined on our part. We’re lucky we came back and got the point. I guess you’ve got to take something positive out of it, and that’s what we’ll take.”
A couple of breakaways on you tonight. Those are tough, those one on ones… “Yeah, it’s tough. They’ve got a lot of skilled guys. I know that Petteri (Nummelin) is really good on breakaways, and has really great hands. I thought I had him down low, but he put the puck up in the roof.”
|Jerred Smithson (5) Snap shot - ASST: Darcy Hordichuk (2), Jed Ortmeyer (4)|
1 - 0 NSH
|Petteri Nummelin (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Belanger (22)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Mark Parrish (14) Tip-in - ASST: Marian Gaborik (30), Mikko Koivu (17)|
2 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Kim Johnsson (19)|
3 - 1 MIN
|Martin Erat (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Radulov (24), Ryan Suter (18)|
3 - 2 MIN
|Marian Gaborik (31) Snap shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (38), Pavol Demitra (25)|
4 - 2 MIN
|Ryan Suter (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Radulov (25)|
4 - 3 MIN
|PPG - Shea Weber (5) Snap shot - ASST: Radek Bonk (13), Martin Erat (26)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Marian Gaborik (32) Snap shot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (26), Kim Johnsson (20)|
5 - 4 MIN
|Petteri Nummelin Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Martin Gelinas Tripping against Kim Johnsson|
|Greg De Vries Interference against Petteri Nummelin|
|Kurtis Foster Tripping against Martin Gelinas|
|Eric Belanger Hi-sticking against David Legwand|
|SA: 28||TOI: 64:55|
|Saves: 23||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .821||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 28||TOI: 64:38|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .857||SH: 1 - 1|