Peter Weber’s post game Report
Defenseman Barrett Jackman scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-5 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Jackman broke a 5-5 tie at 10:09 of the third period when his pass from the left-wing boards hit a defenseman’s skate in front and went past goaltender Craig Anderson. It was Jackman’s first goal with the Predators; he signed with Nashville as a free agent this summer.
“We were definitely due,” Jackman said. “I think we had a lot more dirtier second chances today. We were able to get some bounces our way, and the floodgates opened tonight.”
Gabriel Bourque added an insurance goal at 11:43, firing the rebound of defenseman Mattias Ekholm’s shot past Anderson for his first goal of the season. Ekholm had tied the game 5-5 at 2:29 of the third on a slap shot from the left circle. He took a pass from defense partner Ryan Ellis and beat Anderson for his second of the season.
The Predators didn’t panic despite trailing 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, as well as 5-4 after the second.
“I think that’s basically what we do now,” Ekholm said. “I didn’t even feel worried at one point during this game. I felt like we were going to pull it off, we were going to come back. There was never a doubt in my mind that we were not. It’s just that feeling that you have with this group that we’re never going to quit, we’re never going to not battle back.”
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 21 saves. Anderson finished with 31 saves.
Milan Michalek gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 4:33 of the first period when he scored on the game’s first power play. Bobby Ryan took a shot from the top of the right circle, and Michalek redirected the puck past Rinne for his third goal.
Zack Smith gave the Senators a 2-0 lead at 5:54 on another redirection, getting a piece of defenseman Jared Cowen’s shot from the top of the left circle and deflecting it past Rinne for his third goal.
Predators forward Colton Sissons, who was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, made it 2-1 at 6:55 on a redirection that beat Anderson.
But Smith restored Nashville’s two-goal lead when he scored his second of the game with 36.9 seconds remaining on a shorthanded breakaway. Smith deflected a pass by Predators forward Mike Fisher, won the race to the puck and beat Rinne on the stick side.
“We seem to get to that point now when the game is on the line, especially after we get early leads and are going real good, and we get to the point where the game is on the line and we try to do too much rather than just trusting the simple stuff that got you there,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said.
Predators defenseman Shea Weber scored a power-play goal 6:23 into the second period on a one-timer past Anderson to make it 3-2. It was Weber’s fourth goal of the season, the 150th goal of his career and his 400th career point. He is the 39th defenseman in NHL history to score 150 career goals.
“Hopefully I can get more, I don’t know,” Weber said. “I’m not done playing yet. Very fortunate to be able to play in this League. It’s a great League, and the Predators have given me a great opportunity to be here. We’ve just got to keep winning games and get on a roll here.”
Roman Josi tied the game 3-3 at 7:57 when he deked his way around Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson and beat Anderson with a wrist shot for his fourth goal. Austin Watson put Nashville ahead for the first time at 8:51 by redirecting a shot from defenseman Seth Jones past Anderson for his second goal. Watson finished the game with three points, and every player on Nashville’s fourth line scored a goal.
“If you have the contribution up and down the lineup, that’s going to help you win a lot of hockey games,” Sissons said. “I think you need that down the stretch and in playoffs as well. I’m sure they’re happy to see that all lines were contributing, and we’re happy that all three of us got one tonight.”
But Karlsson tied the game 4-4 at 9:32 when his wrist shot from the right circle beat Rinne on the glove side. It was the first goal of the season for Karlsson, who has 13 assists. Curtis Lazar gave the Senators a 5-4 lead at 19:08, backhanding the rebound of Mike Hoffman’s shot past Rinne for his second goal.
Nashville forward Paul Gaustad missed the game with a lower-body injury and is as day-to-day. Sissons replaced Gaustad on the fourth line.
Nashville will play host to Toronto on Thursday night in a 7 PM contest at the Bridgestone Arena. Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast on the Fifth Third Bank/Nashville Predators Radio Network