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Two-goal deficit doesn’t deter Fisher, Preds

The Nashville Predators didn’t allow a two-goal, second period deficit deter them from picking up a 5-4 overtime win against the Dallas Stars in front of the 23rd consecutive sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena.

Eight minutes into the middle frame, with the game tied at 2-2, Mike Fisher was called for a double minor for high-sticking Alex Goligoski. The Stars were already on a power play with Martin Erat in the penalty box for holding. On the delayed call, Dallas sent out the extra attacker, and former Predator Vern Fiddler’s slap shot beat Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne, giving the Stars the 3-2 lead.

With Fisher in the box for four minutes, Dallas would add another goal when Loui Eriksson tipped Michael Ryder’s shot passed Rinne at 9:21 into the second period.

Showing some resiliency, Nashville didn’t let the quick two-goal deficit stop them from getting back into the game.

“There was still a lot of time,” Fisher said. “It was only half way through the game. Luckily we got on the 5-on-3. The third was looking ok. We just had to sure up a couple of things, defensively. We felt like we could do it, and we had energy. It was a good night.”

Less than two minutes after the Stars took the two-goal lead, things started to turn around for the Predators, but it took a high-stick to the face.

Predators captain Shea Weber was on the losing end of a high-stick near the eye close to the 11-minute mark. Though he was bleeding, there was no call on the play. The captain, frustrated with the non-call, took it out on the Stars with two huge hits.

“You could see it was a key moment,” Trotz explained. “That’s where everybody begins to follow your top guys and captains. I thought when Weber got upset and took down [Matt Fraser] and [Cody Eakin] with big hits, our bench got a lift. We killed the rest of the penalty off. From that point, I think we outshot them 22-6.”

Fisher added, “We fought back and didn’t give up. It was a fun win. There were some emotions and some good hits and a lot of energy. It was a great game. We need wins. We need wins bad. It was a good emotional win to come back.”

The Predators were able to pull within one with both Eric Nystrom and Fiddler in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct along with fighting and roughing, penalties respectively.

Patric Hornqvist picked up his second goal of the season, beating Stars netminder Cristopher Nilstorp with the two-man advantage. After the play, Hornqvist was also on the receiving end of a high-stick that saw no penalty called.

“That 5-on-3 was huge,” Roman Josi said. “We needed a goal there. That gave us some momentum. That was a game changer.”

Josi had a four-point night, including two goals and two assists. The sophomore defenseman assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period.

Down by one and still searching for the equalizer, Fisher tied the game for Nashville just 8:22 into the final frame as he sliced through the Dallas defense and ripped a backhander through Nilstorp.

“I found a hole and just tried to get it on net. I got it through his legs. I was actually trying to go to Marty [Erat] and got lucky a little bit,” Fisher explained.

Fisher has four points in his last five games, including two goals, with the biggest coming when his team needed it the most.

 
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