Predators go overtime again, finally get a victory

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:38am
Staff reports

Scott Hannan was called for three penalties and the Nashville Predators were shorthanded a season-high six times yet played longer than regulation again.

The big difference was the outcome.

Nashville earned its first overtime victory, 2-1 over the Los Angeles Kings, when it got the best of a shootout that went eight rounds. Sergei Kostitsyn, the fourth Predators’ shooter to convert, finally provided the difference.

Martin Erat had the first chance to end the shootout after the first two shooters, David Legwand and Craig Smith, converted and the Kings answered with goals from two of their first three. Gabriel Bourque also had a successful attempt in the sixth round.

It was the fourth time in seven contests this season the Predators went to overtime — all of them shootouts — and the third time in six outings for the Kings, the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

Nashville had as many shots on goal in the five-minute overtime (three) as in two of the first three regulation periods. Los Angeles had a 22-11 edge in shots in regulation and 24-14 advantage overall.

The Predators (2-2-3) were not forced to kill more than four penalties in any of their first six games. In this one, they were shorthanded five times in the first two periods alone.

Hannan, whose only previous penalty was a fighting major in the season opener, was called for tripping and interference in the first period and was sent off for tripping again in the second.

The Kings (2-2-2) took advantage just once. Dustin Brown’s power-play goal at 13:08 of the first period made it 1-1. It came while Hannan was off for the second time and with two seconds remaining on a 4-on-3 advantage.

Brandon Yip gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 58 seconds into the contest. It was his second goal of the season — his second in three games — and tied him with Erat and Legwand for the team lead.

3 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 2/1/13 at 6:15

Congrats, Preds!

By: Jughead on 2/1/13 at 12:33

Hockey is dead.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/2/13 at 6:54

This is a very good thing for the ice hockey fanatics.