Predators' penalty kill finally falters at inopportune time

Monday, December 6, 2010 at 9:41pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators established a franchise record for most consecutive penalty kills Monday. It would have helped had they extended it a little farther.

Nashville blew an early two-goal lead and eventually fell 3-2 in overtime to the Atlanta Thrashers in Atlanta.

Zack Bogosian scored the game-winner 2:11 into overtime with a shot from the circle to the right of goalie Anders Lindback following a turnover in the neutral zone. Kevin Klein had lost his stick and unsuccessfully tried to move the puck with his feet but Ben Eager took it and fed Bogosian

It was Nashville’s seventh overtime game in the last 13.

The Predators killed off three second-period penalties and ran their streak to 35, one more than the previous mark set in April 2006.

When Shea Weber was sent off for boarding at 6:44 of the third, it wasn’t long before Atlanta, with the league’s best power play, finally halted the streak. Andrew Ladd scored five seconds into the man-advantage and tied it 2-2.

The penalty kill made it nine straight games – also a franchise record – Saturday in a 5-2 victory over Carolina. Before Ladd’s goal, the last team to score a power-play goal against Nashville was Toronto, which had four on Nov. 16.

Weber missed the final minutes of the first period and the majority of the second after he took a stick to the side of the head when he was checked into the boards. He returned with a shield to protect his jaw.

Before he was injured, though, the Predators built a 2-0 lead on goals by Colin Wilson and Steve Sullivan 2:30 apart. Wilson had the primary assist on Sullivan’s goal for his first multi-point game of the season.