Ten seconds after the Los Angeles Kings tied the game, Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the night with 27 seconds left in regulation to propel the Predators to victory for the first time in five games.
Nashville seemed in line to play the role of victim again after Los Angeles tied the game at the 19:23 mark, but the Preds had the answering play they’ve been without in recent weeks.
After taking a 2-1 lead with under four minutes left in the game, the Preds seemed poised to claim their first win in six tries, but instead, the Kings connected for a goal (in the final minute of regulation) with their netminder pulled to even the contest at two.
Just when it seemed Nashville would be heading to overtime after letting the lead slip away, Mike Fisher buried his second goal of the game (and second in four minutes) with only 27 ticks left in regulation.
“We needed this win for sure,” Predators forward Mike Fisher said. “This is a really good team and we’ve played well and to get a win
like this and get our confidence up a bit is definitely something we can build on. It was an exciting way to win.”
For a squad that has been on a roller coaster of winning and losing streaks, the final minute alone contained the full gamut of emotions as the Preds skated away with the win.
Preds rookie defenseman Seth Jones explained what it will take for the club to put two wins together for the first time in over two weeks:
“We have to stay detailed and I think tonight we had a strong start and we did a lot of good things in the defensive zone which is great for our offense,” Jones said. “I think we have to keep doing a lot of the same things and stick to the game plan, and if we do, I think it’ll work.”
A very pleased head coach Barry Trotz discussed how he feels after Nashville’s win:
“Oh yeah, this feels like a relief,” Trotz explained. “I’ll actually get a nice sleep. As coaches, we don’t get any sleep until we win another game. It was a good response.”
The Predators will play their final game of the calendar year on Monday when the Detroit Red Wings visit town.