Three times the Predators rallied from a goal down to force a shootout and pick up a key road point, a 4-3 Washington shootout win. J.P. Dumont picked up three points and Jason Arnott netted a pair of goals to lead the Nashville offense. Dan Ellis made a season-high 29 saves to force the shootout.
After the first two skaters failed to convert in the shootout, Alexander Semin roofed a backhander. Ville Koistinen matched on the last Nashville shot with deke move before roofing a backhander shortside. Michael Nylander converted on the fourth Washington shot when his deke move dinged off the crossbar and in. Martin Erat's snap shot was gloved aside by Jose Theodore to secure the Washington shootout.
Arnott tied the game with 6:36 remaining in regulation. Arnott started the play with an offensive zone faceoff win and then went straight to the front of the net. Dumont quickly relayed the puck off the faceoff back to Ryan Suter at the right point. Suter blasted the shot on net, where Arnott redirected the puck for his second goal of the night and fifth of the season.
Earlier in the period, the Preds had a pair of power-play opportunities with a chance to even the score, but were unable to convert, including a man-advantage through the middle of the frame where Nashville’s power-play controlled the play the entire duration. Nashville also had a power-play in the waning moments of regulation when Shaone Morrison was called for interference with 4:09 left in the third and created a pair of chances, but were not able to net the go-ahead score.
The Capitals controlled the play early and scored the game’s opening goal at 12:13 of the first period, off a broken play. Washington dumped the puck into the corner. Ellis deflected the initial centering feed, but the puck deflected to the side of the post. Kozlov picked up the loose puck and roofed it for his first goal of the season.
Nashville answered 1:46 later with a power-play goal by Koistinen. Dumont created the play, coming down the left wing boards and curling to the faceoff dot before sliding a tape-to-tape pass to Koistinen at the far point. Koistinen one-timed the shot over Theodore for his first goal of the season.
On the next shift, the Preds created another power-play opportunity. A neutral zone miscommunication allowed Dave Steckel to split the Nashville defense for a breakaway from the blueline in. Steckel deked and slid the puck under Ellis for the shorthanded score.
Ellis was sensational in the period, making 17 saves to keep the Preds within one goal. Nashville rewarded its netminder midway through the second period after Ellis turned aside a quality scoring opportunity by the Caps, the Predators countered in transition and Arnott finished off a tick-tac-toe passing sequence from Dumont and Patric Hornqvist, Arnott’s team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The Capitals took their third lead of the game 1:58 into the third period. The Predators were called for boarding in the offensive zone bringing the faceoff all the way back to the Nashville end. Washington controlled the play off the draw into the right wing corner. Nicklas Backstrom made a terrific cross ice feed to Alexander Semin in the far faceoff circle. Semin snapped a quick shot for his eighth goal of the season.
The Predators have scored at least 3 goals in 8 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak of games with at least 3 goals scored since an 8-game streak from Jan. 13 – 30, 2007. The franchise record is 9 consecutive games with at least 3 goals, set from Dec. 10 – 28, 2005. The longest streak last season was four games with at least three goals, accomplished twice … With his first period goal, Ville Koistinen became the 20th Predators player to record a point this season and the 18th different Preds player to net a goal this season … Jason Arnott has points in all three games since returning from injury (3g, 2a), including two multi-point performances … J.P. Dumont extended his scoring streak to five consecutive games (2g, 5a). Dumont recorded his second 3 assist game of the season (Oct. 11 at Dallas) … Dumont leads the team with 12 points this season. He is 9 games ahead of his scoring pace from last season, when he set a career-high with 72 points. Last season Dumont recorded his 12th point of the season on Nov. 12 at Columbus, the team’s 17th game of the season.
1 - 0 WSH
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 WSH
2 - 2 Tie
3 - 2 WSH
3 - 3 Tie
Greg De Vries
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