Fisher's goal in 3rd sends Predators past Jets 4-3
- Associated Press
- January 28, 2014 - 10:20 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Mike Fisher scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play 42 seconds into the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday night.
Seth Jones, Roman Josi and Nick Spaling also scored for Nashville, which climbed out of last place in the Central Division by moving a point ahead of Winnipeg.
Chris Thorburn, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler had goals for the Jets, who lost for only the second time in eight games. That stretch included wins over Anaheim, which tops the NHL standings, and Stanley Cup champion Chicago.
Winnipeg is 7-2-0 against Western Conference teams since Dec. 27.
Jones got Nashville started with a perfect wraparound at 3:48 that slipped by Ondrej Pavelec. Thorburn tipped in his first goal of the season off a faceoff for the Jets just 22 seconds later.
Josi put the Predators ahead 2-1 only 42 seconds into the second period on a slick 1-2-3 combo play with Craig Smith and David Legwand.
Winnipeg struggled at times to get the puck out of its own zone in the second period. The Jets had a couple of legitimate scoring chances but the closest they came was hitting the post on a long, hard shot from Zach Bogosian.
Instead, it was Spaling who snapped one in at 17:18 to put Nashville up 3-1. But the Jets made up for their struggles early in the period with two goals in 27 seconds.
The first was Scheiflele's shot into the crowd in front of Nashville goalie Carter Hutton that bounced in off one of his own defensemen. Wheeler scored his career-high 22nd of the season at the 18:40 mark.
The Predators had a power-play goal a few seconds into the third waved off for goaltender interference, but Fisher's goal counted at the 42-second mark to make it 4-3.
NOTES: Jets forward Evander Kane was out of the lineup again with an infection in the hand he injured a fight with Tampa Bay's Eric Brewer on Jan. 7. Kane initially missed four games but returned Jan. 21 to get a goal and three assists in the next four games. Now, he isn't expected to return until after the Olympic break. ... For the pregame skate, the Jets all wore No. 11 jerseys to mark Bell Let's Talk Day and honor Rick Rypien, who signed with the team in 2011 but committed suicide at age 27 before reporting and wearing the number he had been assigned. Rypien had a long history of clinical depression.
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