Call it what you will: ugly, gritty, rough, etc., but the Predators pulled out the two-points over the Arizona Coyotes to end their six-game losing streak last night.
SCRATCHED: Victor Bartley, Calle Jarnkrok, Eric Nystrom, Anton Volchenkov
- The Predators came out with a little more fire under their belts, but goaltender Louis Domingue interrupted all 13 SOG that Nashville mustered. For someone who has only tended NHL ice once previously to this match, Domingue brought his A-game; a testament to his solid abilities.
- Pekka was on point, too, last night, blocking all nine shots-on-goal from the Coyotes in the first period.
- At 3:26 into the second period, Paul Gaustad collected his third goal of the season with assistance from Taylor Beck (7).
- Both Arizona and Nashville were given two power play opportunities, but neither could capitalize on the advantage.
- The Coyotes out-shot the Predators eleven to eight.
- At 7:27 into the third, the Coyotes set the game with a tip-in from Kyle Chipchura, his 4th goal of the season.
- Nashville was awarded three power play chances in the third, including one that would follow up to the end of regulation, but they were unable to connect.
- The Predators out-shot the Coyotes twelve to eight in the third period.
- James Neal came to the rescue, scoring his 22nd goal of the season just 2:45 in overtime. Seth Jones (17) and Cody Franson (29) tallied the assists on Neal’s game-winning-goal.
POST GAME NOTES:
- The Predators are now 8-0-1 when Paul Gaustad notches a point during the span of a game.
- Nashville is also 9-1-2 when Viktor Stalberg is in the lineup.
- Gaustad’s goal ends another poignant streak; the eleven-straight games without tallying the first goal. Reminder: six of those eleven resulted in losses.
- Cody Franson tallied his first point with the Predators since being traded to the team back in February (and, if we want to get really technical, his first points with the Preds since the 2010-11 season).
- With two points, the Predators jump the Anaheim Ducks to reclaim first in the Western Conference and league. That’s an amazing stat in its own, that Nashville was able to lose six-straight and still bounce back into the lead with one win.
- Pekka Rinne now has 199 career wins and the Predators franchise now has their 599th win.
The Predators aren’t out of hot water just yet; oh no. Nashville heads further west, taking on all three teams in California before making it back home on Tuesday to face the Minnesota Wild. The Sharks, who Nashville plays Thursday night at 9:30PM, will be desperately looking for a win as they are sitting in fifth in the Pacific Division and just one point behind the Kings.