By Amanda DiPaolo
With three minutes left in regulation, Nashville was down 2-1 on goals from Niclas Wallin and Dany Heatley, but scored twice in 44 seconds to win the game 3-2. Nashville has only lost one game in regulation on home ice all season and is now riding a season-high four-game winning streak. Nashville has also collected points in each of its last nine games.
Nashville sustained early pressure in the game, registering several shots before San Jose was able to get on the shot count. However, San Jose generated better scoring opportunities by always seeming to find the open man in the slot. San Jose opened the scoring at 7:25 into the first period when Wallin’s slap shot beat Anders Lindback.
Nashville tied the game on a fluke goal at 12:14 of the middle frame. Tootoo was behind the net and shot it backhand out in front. Former Predator Scott Nichol tried to push the puck to safety into the pads of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, but instead the puck found its way to the back of the net. Since Tootoo was the last Predator to play the puck, he was awarded the goal, unassisted.
San Jose would end the period back on top when Dany Heatley scored on the power play with less than three minutes left in the middle frame with Shane O’Brien in the box for tripping. Heatley made a pass to Joe Thornton at the side of the net. Thornton passed the puck back to Heatley who beat Lindback for a 2-1 lead.
J.P. Dumont kept the Predators in the game at the end of the second period. Dumont dove for the puck to thwart rookie Logan Couture’s opportunity while Nashville was a man down. Had the Sharks made it 3-1, it may have been an amount that the Predators would not be able to climb out of.
There was no scoring in the third period until 16:44 minutes had already elapsed. Captain, Shea Weber skated from the defensive to the offense end of the rink, took a shot that landed right on the stick of Sergei Kostitsyn who netted the game tying goal, extending his career game points streak to 7 games.
With only 2:30 minutes left in regulation, and a tied game, overtime looked like a safe bet, but Steve Sullivan, Colin Wilson and Cal O’Reilly had a 3-1 and they capitalized on their opportunity.
“I think to get those two quick goals is great for our team and great for our team’s confidence,” Colin Wilson said, adding, “I think winning always feels good but winning in dramatic fashion feels a little bit better,” Wilson said.
Patric Hornqvist didn’t play Wednesday night’s game and is listed as having an upper body injury.
Nashville now heads to New Jersey in their first game of a back to back series. On Saturday night, the team is back in Nashville waiting on your arrival. Game time is 7pm at the Bridgestone Arena. Ticket are still available for Wednesday night’s contest.
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