|PIT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Ryan Suter's power-play goal at 9:04 of the third period broke tie, and the Nashville Predators beat the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Pittsburgh has lost six of its last seven games.
With Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi in the penalty box for interference, Suter fired a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. The puck deflected off of Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton and past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Petr Sykora put the Penguins in front 1-0 at 14:18 of the first period off of a nice pass from Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh made 3-0 on goals by Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot 21 seconds apart before the second period was 4 minutes old.
|Bounces Go Preds Way|
After watching what seemed like every bounce go against the Preds during their recent skid, things finally reversed a little bit in tonight’s game as two of Nashville’s five goals deflected off of Pittsburgh players on the way into the net. On Jerred Smithson’s game-tying goal late in the third period, the shot ramped off a defenseman’s stick into the upper corner of the net. Then on Ryan Suter’s game-winning goal, Suter’s blast from the left point deflected high off a Penguins player in front of the net to severely change the path of the shot on its way past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Staal's goal spelled the end of the night for Nashville goalie Dan Ellis, with Predators coach Barry Trotz lifted his starter for backup Pekka Rinne.
Earlier Thursday, Staal signed a four-year contract extension with the Penguins.
Nashville scored three consecutive goals to conclude the wild second period.
Legwand's goal was set up by Erat on a 2-on-1 short-handed rush. From the left side, Erat sent a cross-ice pass to Legwand in the right circle. Legwand beat a helpless Fleury with a one-timer to the glove side. Two of Legwand's seven goals on the season have been scored with the Predators short-handed.
Greg Zanon's empty-net goal capped the scoring for Nashville.
Notes: Prior to the game, the NHL presented Nashville captain Jason Arnott with a silver stick in honor of his 1,000th game played on Dec. 20. ... Pittsburgh has allowed eight short-handed goals against this season.
Barry Trotz Quotes
On scoring more goals…
"I think that we went in to the game very bold. We knew how Pittsburgh played, we were going to have to come out and make them play in their end and I thought we did a really good job for two periods. We got tested. Our resiliency got tested tonight. When you are playing really well, and when you’ve basically had no chances and pucks are going in off your own guys into the net, and you’re losing the hockey game, I think there’s a point, when we were losing 3-0, it was a very telling point. I think as a team, for me, that right there they could’ve said, “Uncle”, and they didn’t. We always talk about that you hang on a little bit longer, a few seconds longer than everybody else, you don’t realize how close you are. We hung on a little longer and we found out that we were really close."
|Arnott's First 1000 Games Loaded With Highlights|
Predators captain Jason Arnott is one of the most respected veterans in the NHL. Originally a top-10 pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1993 Draft, Arnott has achieved both team and personal success during his career – Stanley Cup Champion, World Junior Gold Medalist, NHL Rookie of the Year, two-time NHL All-Star, and NHL team captain. He’s compiled an impressive career highlight reel and recently he added another honor. On December 20 in Nashville’s win over the NY Islanders, Arnott skated in his 1000th career NHL game, the league’s premier marker for career longevity.
|Petr Sykora (16) ASST: Sidney Crosby (36)|
1 - 0 PIT
|Jordan Staal (12) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (10), Sidney Crosby (37)|
2 - 0 PIT
|Maxime Talbot (5) ASST: Matt Cooke (11)|
3 - 0 PIT
|Martin Erat (10) ASST: David Legwand (12), Jason Arnott (10)|
3 - 1 PIT
|SHG - David Legwand (7) ASST: Martin Erat (16), Greg Zanon (5)|
3 - 2 PIT
|Jerred Smithson (3) ASST: Joel Ward (6), Dan Hamhuis (10)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Suter (4) ASST: Ryan Jones (4), Shea Weber (17)|
4 - 3 NSH
|EN - Greg Zanon (3) ASST: NONE|
5 - 3 NSH
|Miroslav Satan Tripping against Martin Erat|
|Jordin Tootoo Interference on goalkeeper against Marc-Andre Fleury|
|Antti Pihlstrom Hooking against Miroslav Satan|
|Mark Eaton Hooking against Ryan Jones|
|Rob Scuderi Interference against Jason Arnott|
|Jason Arnott Slashing against Tyler Kennedy|