NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Nashville|
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Alexander Radulov netted the lone goal in the
shootout, and Nashville moved into the fourth seed in the Western Conference
with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Radulov faked and went to the forehand to lift the puck over Niklas
Backstrom's pad, just inside the left post. Anders Lindback, who had 25 saves,
then stacked his pads to stop Devin Setoguchi's attempt for his first shootout
Gabriel Bourque scored in the second period for the Predators, who as of now
are a point ahead of fifth-place Detroit and two in front of Chicago.
The Predators have two games remaining -- at home against Dallas on Thursday
and at Colorado Saturday. Detroit has three contests left and Chicago two.
Dany Heatley also scored in the middle period for Minnesota, which had its
three-game winning streak stopped. Backstrom stopped 23 shots.
"I thought as a group they played a real strong game," Wild coach Mike Yeo
said of his team.
While on the power play, the Predators nearly scored with 8:44 left in the
first, but Backstrom came up with a save and covered the puck up by lying on
his back. Patric Hornqvist was in the crease and shoved hard, knocking the net
off its moorings.
The Predators nearly scored early in the second off a scramble in front, but
after a lengthy video review referee Ghislain Hebert determined he blew the
whistle to declare play dead before the puck may have crossed the goal line.
Bourque finally put Nashville in front at 12:31 of the second. Nick Spaling
stole the puck in the right circle before sliding a backhand pass to the
opposite side of the net to Bourque, who netted his seventh goal of the
Heatley tied the game with 2:07 left in the second when he deflected Nate
Prosser's right point shot past Lindback.
Roman Josi had a golden opportunity to put the Preds in front with nearly four
minutes left in regulation when a loose puck came to him in front, but the
shot was deflected over the net.
The Wild went on the power play to start overtime, thanks to a tripping call
on Sergei Kostitsyn with 11.7 seconds left in regulation. Despite, this the
Wild couldn't capitalize.
"We got a couple of penalties, which we have to eliminate at those times,"
Spaling said. "It was a great job killing them off."
The Wild have two games left, both at home, against Chicago Thursday and
Phoenix Saturday...The Predators have been dealt just three regulation losses
at Bridgestone Arena since Jan. 5 (14-3-2)...Each of the Wild's last four
games has been decided in extra time.
04/04 01:56:46 ET
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