The Nashville Predators got a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night, halting their losing streak at four games.
Here are five things from Monday night’s game…
- Seth Jones scored the game-winning goal for the Predators in overtime simply by trailing a breakaway opportunity that Ryan Ellis had. Ellis made a good move on his shot to create a rebound that Jones was able to sneak past Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner.
- Jason Spezza had a good game for the Senators, posting one goal and two assists. However, it’s possible he could have prevented Jones’ overtime goal from happening altogether. Spezza gave up on his backcheck right before Jones was able to swat at the rebound and put it in the net. Had Spezza continued to skate, it’s likely he would have been able to tie up Jones and prevent that goal from happening.
-Pekka Rinne was solid in net for the Predators again, stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced. He made a few highlight-reel saves, and the most notable one came at the expense of Erik Karlsson.
- Shea Weber is a weapon for the Predators offensively with his slap shot on most nights. However, on Monday night, he was quite literally a weapon on the ice. Weber fired two separate shots in the first period that resulted in the injury on an Ottawa player. His first shot hit Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson near the left shoulder and put him down on the ice for a significant amount of time. Weber also fired a shot that hit Cody Ceci right in the head. Luckily, Weber didn’t get all of that shot, but it was still enough to cause Ceci to miss the remainder of the game.
- After scoring just four goals in their previous four games, the Predators found a way to open up the gates offensively on Monday night. Nick Spaling, Craig Smith, Eric Nystrom and Seth Jones were the goal scorers for the Predators.
3 stars of the game…
1. Seth Jones, NSH… Jones had the game-winning goal and also tallied an assist for the Predators.
2. Jason Spezza, OTT… Spezza had one goal and two assists for the Senators.
3. Ales Hemsky, OTT… Hemsky had three assists in the game and played very strong offensively.