Predators slip past Senators 4-3 in OT
- Associated Press
- March 10, 2014 - 9:55 PM
OTTAWA, Ontario — Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night.
Ryan Ellis broke in alone on goaltender Robin Lehner and Jones was there to bang home the loose puck.
The win allowed the Predators to snap a four-game losing streak.
Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Eric Nystrom also scored for Nashville.
Jared Cowen, Marc Methot and Jason Spezza scored for the Senators.
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 29 shots before leaving the game early in the third. Lehner faced 13 shots in relief.
Holding a 3-0 lead, the Predators nearly let the game slip away in the third as the Senators scored twice in a span of 2:39.
Spezza then tied the game with 67 seconds remaining in regulation. The newly acquired Ales Hemsky, who had three assists, found Spezza at the side of the net and the Senators captain put it in.
The comeback started midway through the third, as Cowen was able to find the puck through traffic in front and push it past Pekka Rinne, who had 34 saves.
Spezza picked up his second assist of the game as he found a surging Methot to make it a 3-2 game at 10:34.
The Predators' three second-period goals to grab a big early lead.
The goals Anderson gave up were the result of two redirections and a giveaway. Anderson's night came to an end at 4:10 of the third after he was hit in the head by teammate Milan Michalek.
On the first goal, Spaling tipped a Michael Del Zotto point shot at 8:20 of the second.
Less than two minutes later, Colin Wilson won the faceoff in the Senators end and got the puck to Jones on the point. He then passed it to Mattias Ekholm, who took a shot that Smith re-directed in front.
The Predators made it 3-0 on Nystrom's unassisted goal. Methot went to clear the puck and it landed directly on Nystrom's stick for the easy finish on Anderson.
A scoreless first period was highlighted by the damage inflicted by Shea Weber's powerful shot.
First, Anderson dropped to the ice after taking a Weber shot in the shoulder and minutes later Cody Ceci took a shot to the head that left him with a lacerated right ear. He did not return to the game.
Notes: The Senators were without LW Clarke MacArthur as he has a hand injury, but is expected to return for Saturday's game against Montreal. D Patrick Wiercioch, was a healthy scratch for the Senators. ... LW Gabriel Bourque and D Victor Bartley were healthy scratches for the Predators. ... The CIS Men's Basketball Champion Carleton Ravens were honored before the game and took part in the ceremonial puck drop.
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