Frantic finish ends Predators' losing streak

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:23pm
Staff reports
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Cody Franson celebrates his first NHL goal

The Nashville Predators tied their season-high for goals when Ryan Suter, Cody Franson and J.P. Dumont scored in a span of 5:49 of the first period but ultimately needed twice that number to defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 in overtime on Thursday.

Shea Weber’s power play goal with 2:49 to play ended both the contest and the Predators’ six-game losing streak. It was their second power play goal of the night and just their third of the season.

Ottawa scored five goals in the third period, the last with 1.6 seconds remaining, and tied the score three different times, at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5.

Suter scored on the power play with one minute to play in regulation and gave the Predators their third lead of the night, 5-4.

Nashville (3-5-1) entered the contest with just 11 goals in its first eight games. It scored three in its home opener, Oct. 8 against Colorado, but added just six in the next six games.

Dumont capped the first-period surge with a tip-in at 10:52. He also had four assists.

Suter started the scoring when his wrist shot went in off a Senators’ defenseman 5:03 after the opening faceoff. Franson followed with his first career goal at 8:09.

A combined four penalties were called in the first two periods. Five more – three against Nashville – were whistled within the first five minutes of the third.

Ottawa (5-2-1) finally got on the board 1:11 into the final period when it converted 28 seconds into a 5-on-3. Suter (holding) and Steve Sullivan (high sticking) went the box together 43 seconds into the period.

The Senators scored their first three goals on five shots.