Predators blow lead, rally for shootout victory at Columbus

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8:53pm
Staff reports

Martin Erat had a pair of assists and Kevin Klein scored an unassisted goal as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 4-3 shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday in Columbus.

The Predators led after each of the first two periods but came from behind when Klein scored with 8:22 to play in regulation. The defenseman held in a clearing attempt at the point and beat goalie Steve Mason cleanly with a slap shot.

Pekka Rinne made three saves in the overtime period and stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout. Steve Sullivan, Nashville’s second shooter, was the only one for either team to convert.

It was the Predators’ sixth overtime contest in their last 11, and ninth overall this season. The last six have extended to shootouts, and Nashville has won four.

Nashville led 2-1 after two periods on goals by Colin Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn but fell behind when the Blue Jackets scored twice in the third, the second by Antoine Vermette (his second of the game) with 9:59 to play.

Wilson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with his second goal in three games, at 17:02 of the firs period and Kostitsyn broke a 1-1 tie with his first in 12 games with 3:31 to go in the second.

Erat assisted on both for his second multi-point game of the season and a plus-2 rating. He also had two assists Oct. 21 against Pittsburgh.

Nashville plays four of its next five at home, beginning 7 p.m. Saturday against Carolina.
 

1 Comment on this post:

By: Alphadog7 on 12/2/10 at 11:05

Observations:

-This team looks lost in 4 on 4. They have lost several games in 4 on 4 OT and given up at least one goal in 4 on 4 during regulation. They looks like they aren't sure what to do.

- They really miss Legwand. The fans like to pick on him, but the truth is, they win more with him and they lose more without him.

- Klein has really picked up his play lately. He has had some key plays and his hard work paid off with a game-tying goal last night.

- Spalling continues to be a force on penalty kills. He is a mental player, a great contributor.

- Hornqvists numbers aren't where they were because he got them on rebounds, but this years Preds are timid in shooting it seems. They aren't real quick to get shots off, so they wait, pull up and play the perimeter. They aren't going to get any surprise shots that way, which is where Horny cleaned up.

Just my 2 cents...