Weber scores 2 as Predators beat Devils 3-2 in OT
- Article by: TERESA M. WALKER
- Associated Press
- January 31, 2014 - 9:55 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shea Weber scored two goals, including at 1:29 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied late in beating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night.
David Legwand scored with 10.8 seconds remaining in regulation with goalie Carter Hutton on the bench to force the extra period. Hutton, who struggled giving up the two goals to New Jersey, stopped Michael Ryder on a breakaway 80 seconds into overtime to keep the game tied.
Then Colin Wilson took the puck back the other way and drove toward the net before dropping the puck off to Weber, who beat Cory Schneider with a wrister from the left circle.
Patrik Elias scored a goal and had an assist, and Jaromir Jagr had a goal for the Devils. Travis Zajac had two assists.
Out of the 16 games played between these teams, this was the 13th decided by a goal.
This was a rare visit to Nashville with the Devils playing only their 10th game here Friday night and first since Oct. 15, 2011. The Devils, who beat Nashville 5-0 in New Jersey on Nov. 10, wrapped up a three-game road trip against the Western Conference with their second game in as many nights after beating the Stars in overtime in Dallas on Thursday night.
The Predators want to build some momentum before the Olympic break, and they came into this game 3-1-1 over their past five. They even had a couple days off, and they outshot the Devils 9-3 in the opening minutes.
They also had Weber in the lineup after their captain left Tuesday night's 4-3 win in Winnipeg early with an upper body injury.
Weber had been a game-time decision, but the defenseman played and gave Nashville a 1-0 lead after the first period. Weber beat Schneider with a slap shot 6:45 into the game off an assist from Patric Hornqvist.
New Jersey tied it at 13:00 of the second when Elias came skating up the left side and fired off a shot that might have gone wide if not for Hutton trying to snag it with his glove. The puck glanced off Hutton's glove and redirected into the net for a goal.
Jagr got his 17th goal this season late in the second putting the Devils ahead 2-1. Jagr skated behind the net and fired a wrister that hit off Hutton and slipped between the goalie and the left post for a 2-1 lead at 18:59 of the second.
Notes: Jagr has 698 career goals. ... Weber leads all defensemen with 15 goals, and eight have come in the first period. Nashville is 11-1-2 when Weber scores. ... Nashville is 19-2-5 when scoring first this season. ... The Devils are 7-1-2 in Nashville.
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