The Nashville Predators edged out the Vancouver Canucks in overtime after a near collapse in the third period. With this 4-3 win, Nashville moves to 21-10-1 with 43 points.
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Nashville struck first early in the first period. Receiving a stretch pass from Hamhuis in the defensive zone, Hartman zipped a shot through a screened Anders Nilsson. A little over three minutes later, Bonino expanded the lead with a snipe over Nilsson’s shoulder. Beagle pulled the deficit back to one after Ekholm turned the puck over in the neutral zone.
An otherwise defensive second period featured one lone goal from Jarnkrok. As one of the fastest shifts of the game winded down, Nashville pushed through and finally capitalized. Quick and efficient puck movement stifled the Vancouver defense, eventually leaving Turris alone in the face-off circle. A slapper from him and a tip from Jarnkrok gave Nashville a two goal lead.
3rd period- The Canucks stormed back late in the third period. Two controversial penalties put Nashville in a tough spot, and Boeser took advantage of the man-advantage. With less than a minute remaining, Horvat buried a loose rebound in front of the net. Much like regulation, Nashville dominated Vancouver in overtime, and Sissons finally put the game away with a tap-in goal.
Nashville outshot Vancouver in all three periods, as well as overtime. They created chance after chance, and no particular line stood out; consistent and relentless pressure was apparent from top to bottom. This will have to carry over when the New Jersey Devils come to town.
Kyle Turris made his return to Nashville against Vancouver after missing eight straight games. His assist on Jarnkrok’s goal was his 17th point in the 24 games he’s played. Nashville certainly missed Turris.
Roman Josi hasn’t scored a goal in 16 games. He has tallied 12 assists, and shot the puck on goal 67 times in that span. With that in mind, he still leads the defensemen in goals. The Captain is hungry to find the back of the net again.
Colton Sissons has five points in the last four games. He has been the most productive bottom six forward this year, as 16 points and a +18 rating can attest to that. Even with the limited offensive role he has, he is on pace for 18 goals this year- doubling his totals from last year.
Ryan Hartman and Craig Smith have been crucial catalysts to the Predators offense. The two combine for 18 shots and 3 points in the last three games, but it’s more the uncontainable pressure and phenomenal forechecking from both of them that has driven the offense.
Nashville will host the Devils this Saturday night to close out a three game homestand.
Also, Dan Hamhuis celebrated his 36th birthday by tallying an assist. Don’t be fooled- age IS a number, but old men can score, too!
-Jack Woods covers the Nashville Predators and the Central Division for FullPressCoverage.com and PenaltyBoxRadio.com. Follow Jack on Twitter at @jack_woods15 and the Full Press Predators at @FPC_Predators