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The Nashville Predators scored two goals in 28 seconds in the third period in a 6-5 win against the Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.
Ryan Johansen scored two goals, and Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist for the Predators (3-1-0).
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and John Carlson had three assists for the Capitals (2-1-2), who lost their third in a row and had a four-game point streak to start the season end.
Nick Bonino scored for the Predators to tie the game 5-5 at 14:52 of the third period on a rebound.
Mattias Ekholm scored 28 seconds later to give the Predators a 6-5 lead on a slap shot from the point.
T.J. Oshie gave the Capitals a 5-4 lead at 10:09 of the third period on a wrist shot from the right circle.
Matt Duchene scored his first goal with Nashville to tie the game 4-4 at 6:13 of the third period on a one-timer from below the right face-off circle. He received a pass from Forsberg
Lars Eller gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 9:17 of the first period.
Forsberg scored for the Predators to tie the game 1-1 at 10:39 of the first period on a breakaway.
Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 4:46 of the second period with a one-timer on the power play. He received a pass from Carlson and beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Johansen scored to tie the game 2-2 at 7:37 of the second period on the rush on a pass from Viktor Arvidsson.
Tom Wilson gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead with a shorthanded goal on the rush at 12:28 of the second period on the rush.
Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 4-2 lead at 17:36 of the second period on the power play on a one-timer.
Johansen scored his second goal of the game for the Predators to make it 4-3 on the power play at 5:03 of the third period on a rebound from in front of the net.
The Predators will hit the ice again on Saturday when they travel to Los Angles to take on the Kings. Face off is set for 5 PM and Thunder Radio will have the broadcast as part of the Fifth Third Bank/Nashville Predators Radio Network. Predators hockey is brought to you locally by the law offices of Burch and Lockhart.
The Titans have signed kicker Cody Parkey to the team’s roster, along with a pair of running backs – Rod Smith and Dalyn Dawkins. The Titans have also waived offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, a day after parting ways with offensive lineman David Quessenberry.
Parkey will take over the kicking duties for the Titans, who also released Cairo Santos on Monday after his bad day on Sunday vs. the Bills. The Titans travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday.
Smith, who has spent most of his NFL career with the Cowboys, brings even more experience to the backfield. He joins running backs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis on the roster, along with Dawkins, who was promoted from the team’s practice squad. The Titans recently placed running back David Fluellen on Injured Reserve.
Smith, who has also spent time with the Seahawks and Giants, spent four seasons with the Cowboys, playing in 48 games from 2015-18 after being awarded to Dallas on waivers from Seattle. He scored two touchdowns, including an 81-yarder, against New York in a game in 2017. In his career, the Ohio State product has rushed for 364 yards and five touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 272 yards.
Parkey, who played collegiately at Auburn, went 23-of-30 on field goals and 42-of-45 on extra points with the Bears last season. In his career he’s made 99-of-118 kicks (83.9 percent) and 149-of-156 extra point attempts (95.5 percent) while also kicking with the Dolphins, Browns, and Eagles, where he was a Pro Bowl performer in 2014.
The Titans began the season with Santos after Ryan Succop was placed on Injured Reserve. Santos went 4-of-9 in five games with the team, including an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday against the Bills.
Succop isn’t eligible to return until after Week 8.
Also on Tuesday, the Titans signed offensive lineman Daniel Munyer to the practice squad while terminating receiver Papi White from the team’s practice squad. Munyer (6-1, 305) played collegiately at Colorado and has spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts.
The Titans also re-signed Quessenberry back to the team’s practice squad. Quessenberry played in the team’s first four games, but he was inactive on Sunday. The offensive tackle caught a touchdown pass in the team’s game against the Colts earlier this season.
For the third time this season at First Tennessee Park, Nashville SC produced a stoppage time match-winning goal to take a vital three points against Louisville City FC 2-1. The latest heart stopper came courtesy of defender Jimmy Ockford, whose leaping header at the top of the box in the second minute of stoppage time gave Nashville a massive win over defending champions Louisville City.
From a free kick, Forrest Lasso sent a perfect ball to the box where it met the head of Ockford. The goal was made extra sweet after Louisville City had equalized just 10 minutes prior off a corner to seemingly pull a draw from the hands of defeat, but Nashville again showed relentless effort in pulling out the win.
It was Nashville SC who struck first in the 5’ minute with a volley from Taylor Washington. Winger Ropapa Mensah beat his man towards the end line and served a ball across the face of goal that made it through to Justin Davis on the far side. Davis immediately sent the ball short to Washington who volleyed into the top of the net to give Nashville the lead.
Nashville then defended for its life as Louisville City came in waves, controlling the two-thirds of the possession and taking 10 shots in the second half. The defense held firm, and Nashville got another top shelf performance from its keeper Matt Pickens.
Here are three takeaways from the dramatic stoppage time victory.
1) Title Race Update
There has been no bigger win for Nashville SC when it comes to the standings in the East. Instead of being tied for second and three points behind Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC for first, Nashville SC is just one point behind Pittsburgh in the race for the Eastern Conference crown and two points clear of third-place Indy Eleven. Nashville SC can clinch home field in the first round of the playoffs with one win in the final two matches of the season, both at home. First place is still very possible as Pittsburgh will have to go on the road for its final two matches at Saint Louis FC and Birmingham Legion FC. Any dropped points will open the door for Nashville.
2) Ockford and Lasso the Difference
The goal, scored by Ockford and assisted by fellow defender Forrest Lasso, was a snapshot of the difference between the Nashville SC that lost to Louisville 2-1 earlier in the season and Nashville that won today. Neither Lasso or Ockford were members of Nashville for that defeat in July, but were brought in on loan soon after to bolster the defense and provide NSC a spark for the stretch run. The moves have worked to perfection as Nashville has allowed just seven goals in the last fourteen matches with a 10-2-2 record. The Boys in Gold are the best defensive team in the USL Championship with only 26 total goals allowed.
3) Club of Chaos
Dubbed a “Club of Chaos” by TV broadcaster John Freeman, Nashville SC won its third home match out of the last four on a dramatic stoppage time goal in front of the supporters’ section. Those six added points, the difference between three draws and three wins, mean Nashville SC is in second instead of fifth. The taste for the title is certainly sweeter, and the celebration that ensued after Ockford’s header with the fans was as chaotic as the goal, as the players formed a dogpile behind the net with the cheering fans serving as a backdrop. It might not do much for fans’ cardiac health, but Nashville SC has lately had one of the most fun home forms of any team in the league.
Nashville SC will play its second match of the week on Saturday night at 7 p.m. when it takes on North Carolina FC at Nissan Stadium in a showcase before its first season of Major League Soccer in 2020. Tickets are available for the match starting at $15.
The Temple Baptist Christian School volleyball team traveled to Cleveland on Tuesday for a tri-match. The Lady Eagles squared off against Shenandoah Baptist and Fairview Christian Academy of Athens. The Lady Eagles ended up with a pair of wins on the day in a pair of best of 3 matches.
Against the host Shenandoah Lady Lions, Temple dropped the first set 22 to 25 before rallying to grab the next 2 sets 25-11 and 15-9. The Lady Eagles grabbed a 2 set win over the Lady Falcons of Fairview. Temple won by set scores of 25-14 and 25-21.
Temple’s season will conclude this weekend with another tournament in Louisville, KY hosted by Landmark Christian Academy. That tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday.
The Coffee County CHS cross country team traveled to Dickson on Saturday to compete in the Mid State Cross Country Association Championship. Over 500 runners descended on Buckner Park for the event featuring teams from all over middle Tennessee. In their final tune-up before Saturday’s region ...
Competing against a field of 56 middle school runners, Kailee Rossman of Westwood took part in the Chattanooga State Qualifier on Saturday. Running as an independent, Rossman finished in 21st place overall with a time of 14:38.06 on the 2 mile Moccasin Bend course. That finish was good enough to...
Westwood All-DRVC football players (left to right) Brayden Dixon, Cody Douglas, Izick Sierra and Jayden Carter[photo provided]
Four members of the Westwood football team were honored as members of the Duck River Valley Conference All Conference team. The announcement was made on Tuesday that Brayden Dixon, Cody Douglas, Izick Sierra and Jayden Carter were selected for the squad in a vote by the league coaches. The quartet helped lead the Rockets to a record of 3 and 5 this season including wins over Cannon County and Community. The Rockets are coached by Chad Dyer.
Roman Josi tallied twice and the Predators scored three in the third as Nashville defeated the San Jose Sharks by a 5-2 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. It’s Nashville’s second win in three tries on the young season and their 10th victory in their last 12 meetings with the Sharks on home ice.
After a 5-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday, the Preds bounced back with another strong offensive effort to give them 13 goals through their first three games of the season. That’s just a taste of their capabilities in the opposition’s end.
And while there were a few more defensive lapses the Preds would like to clean up, they made the most of their own opportunities on the way to another triumph.
“We’re doing the right things offensively,” Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought we exposed the puck a little bit too much in the second period… so [we need to make sure] we take care of the puck as well. We can’t always create, but it’s certainly nice to see the offense and the goals. The guys are working hard to create.”
“There’s definitely a lot of skill up front,” Josi said of his club’s offensive abilities. “There’s so much skill, and I think it’s a great sign that we’ve taken advantage of our chances too. They were kind of pushing in the third period there and we scored two goals, so it’s been pretty big for us.”
Josi’s first of the night came early in the opening period as the blueliner took a feed from Colton Sissons and sniped a shot past Martin Jones for a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Nashville’s captain struck again midway through the second stanza, this time on the power play. After Filip Forsberg’s shot struck iron, Josi followed it up in the slot and threw the puck home for his club’s second goal on the man advantage this season.
Evander Kane got the Sharks on the board for the first time with a power-play goal of his own late in the second, but the Predators responded with another two before the third period was eight minutes old.
Kyle Turris converted on an odd-man rush for his first of the season at 2:51, and then Matt Duchene picked up his sixth assist of the season with a slick feed to Filip Forsberg, who deposited his third in three games to put the Preds back up by three.
Brent Burns brought the Sharks back to within two late in regulation, but Dante Fabbro iced it with an empty-netter to give the Preds – and Pekka Rinne – their second victory of the season and keep San Jose winless through four games.
“They’re a really good team, and they’re a team that went far last year,” Duchene said of the Sharks. “When Peks needed to be big for us he was, and I thought we were a better defensive team tonight all around. You know, it’s a tough team to play against being as dynamic offensively, but we still were able to score. So I thought we did some really good things and had some big nights from a lot of guys, so that’s what it takes, different guys stepping up each night.”
Duchene’s line with Forsberg and Mikael Granlund has continued to build chemistry in their first and only three contests together, and while they only had one to show for scoresheet, it wasn’t for lack of trying.
“It’s a blast,” Duchene said of skating with his linemates. “We easily could’ve had a couple more tonight, and it’s been fun. They’re both such great players, and I’m very lucky to be on this team for one, and for two, to play with those guys.”
Nashville’s four lines are clicking, and they’re getting contributions from the backend too – but, perhaps most important of all? The Predators avoided an early-season losing streak with Tuesday’s result.
“You can’t really win the season at the start, but you can definitely lose it if you fall back too far,” Forsberg said. “It was a big win for us.”
Defenseman Matt Irwin skated in his first game of the season for the Preds; Dan Hamhuis and Daniel Carr were scratched on the evening.
Ryan Johansen continues to produce at a point per game against the Sharks in his career, tallying 24 points (9g-15a) in 24 games. He is on a six-game point streak against San Jose (1g-7a) and has 11 points (2g-9a) in his last nine meetings with the Sharks.
Tuesday’s attendance of 17,251 is the 156th consecutive sellout at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville’s four-game homestand concludes on Thursday night (at 7 p.m. CT) as the Washington Capitals come to town. The Preds will then head on the road for the first time this season for a three-game trip, beginning in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The freshman football team of Coffee County traveled to Sparta on Monday night for a battle with White County. After losing to the JV/Freshman combined team last week, the Raiders were looking for some revenge. The Red Raiders ended up falling to the Warriors 38 to 37 in a game that saw 8 lead changes.
Trailing 38 to 31, Coffee County scored with 95 seconds remaining in the game. The Red Raiders came up short on the 2 point conversion as they went for the win. Tristan Galey finished the night with 3 rushing touchdowns including one from 70 yards out. Nate Luttrell threw a pair of touchdown passes as Elijah Clemons and Ian Weldon each had a touchdown reception.
The Red Raiders hit the road again next Monday night as they travel to McMinnville for a battle with Warren County as part of a JV/freshman doubleheader. The JV teams will play at 5 PM with the freshman game scheduled for 7 PM.
Lauren Davis of the Temple Baptist Christian School volleyball team[File Photo]
The Temple Baptist Christian School volleyball team spent Friday and Saturday in Alabama competing in the Madison Baptist Academy tournament. The Lady Eagles fought their way to the championship game against Clays Mill out of Kentucky. But playing their 5th match of the day, Temple fell to Clays Mill to come home with the runner up trophy.
The Lady Eagles opened up tournament play on Friday with 3 pool play games. The Lady Eagles got wins over Cornerstone Baptist and Anchored Christian and lost their match to Victory Baptist of Shelbyville. On Saturday in tournament play, Temple got a pair of wins to open the day before advancing to the winner’s bracket finals. The Lady Eagles defeated Mountain View, AL and Victory Baptist in a rematch to set up a battle with Clays Mill. The Clays Mill team of Lexington, KY stopped Temple sending them to the elimination bracket. The Lady Eagles got a win over Anchored by a single point to earn a rematch in the finals against Clays Mill. After their 2nd place finish, junior Lauren Davis of Temple was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Eagles have the last regular season matches in a tri-match format Tuesday in Cleveland where they will play Shenandoah Baptist and Fairview Christian. The season will concludes this weekend with another tournament in Louisville, KY hosted by Landmark Christian Academy.