By Amanda DiPaolo
The Nashville Predators were trying to make it four in a row for the first time this season when they traveled to Atlanta Monday night. After jumping to an early 2-0 lead it looked like Nashville would jump ahead of St. Louis, San Jose and Los Angeles in the standings. However, Atlanta would come back and win the game 3-2 in overtime, extending their record to 8-2 over the last 10 games. The Thrashers also ended the Predators penalty kill streak on their fourth power play opportunity of the night.
Colin Wilson scored his fifth goal of the season, getting the Predators on the board early, snapping a wrist shot from the top of the slot. The goal was at 8:39 of the first period. Nashville would extend that lead to 2 when Steve Sullivan was able to tip-in a shot from Wilson at the point. It was Sullivan’s eighth goal of the season and was scored just 2:30 after Wilson scored.
Atlanta was able to pull itself back into the game. In the second period, Jim Slater scored his fourth goal of the year with just under six minutes remaining in the middle frame. Slater’s goal came directly after winning a faceoff. The puck was sent back to the defenseman Tobias Enstrom who shot the puck towards the net and Slater redirected it past Anders Lindback.
The Thrashers would tie the game in the third period, also scored after a faceoff win. The tying goal would also end a Predators penalty kill streak that was in fact a franchise record. The Predators had not allowed a goal while the opponent was on the power play in 35 penalties.
On the 36th penalty, with Shea Weber in the box for boarding Thrashers right waing Niclas Bergfors, the Thrashers captain — and former Blackhawk –Andrew Ladd tied the game. Ladd scored with a backhander into essentially an empty net with Lindback out of position. It was Ladd’s 10th goal of the season. Former Predator, Rich Peverley took the faceoff draw, sent the puck back to Dustin Byfuglien who took the shot. Ladd was able to stuff the rebound into the net.
Nashville won only 29% of the faceoffs.
Regulation ended with the game tied at two apiece.
In overtime, when Kevin Klein lost his stick he stood along the board with the puck at his feet. He just stood there. After pondering the situation he lifted a skate, probably to kick the puck out of harms way, but former Blackhawk Ben Eager took possession of the puck before Klein was able to do anything with it. Eager passed the puck down the ice to Zach Bogosian, the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, who was able to beat Lindback on the stick side at 2:11 into overtime.
Lindback made 34 saves.
The Predators now travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. There is a chance David Legwand will be in the lineup for the game.
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