Final Score: Nashville 4, Winnipeg 3
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Fisher's tie-breaking goal 42 seconds
into the third period wound up as the difference as the Nashville Predators
came through with a 4-3 decision over the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.
"We gave them a couple gifts at the end of the second and that was a good
response from us," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said.
Seth Jones, Nick Spaling and Roman Josi also tallied for the Predators, who
squandered a 3-1 lead late in the second period before bouncing back to hand
the resurgent Jets only their second loss in eight games since Paul Maurice
took over as head coach on Jan. 12.
Carter Hutton made Fisher's score hold up by recording 11 of his 24 saves in
the final period.
Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist to pace the Jets, with Chris Thorburn
and Blake Wheeler also lighting the lamp in defeat. Ondrej Pavelec finished
with 21 saves in the loss.
Scheifele and Wheeler scored a mere 27 seconds apart with under two minutes to
go in the second period to knot the game at 3-3 at the intermission, though
Fisher made sure the deadlock didn't last long.
With the Predators skating on a power play courtesy of a slashing call to
Devin Setoguchi, Shea Weber had a long drive deflected but the Jets weren't
able to clear the puck out of the zone, enabling Fisher to knock the loose
disc over the line while left uncovered around the crease.
Nashville was able to kill off a penalty to Rich Clune later in the frame to
keep it a 4-3 game, and Hutton came up with four key stops in the final four
minutes to help the Preds grab the two points.
The Predators also scored with 42 seconds elapsed in the second period, with
Josi finishing an odd-man rush by firing a shot into a wide-open net to snap a
1-1 tie. Spaling made it a two-goal advantage with 2:42 left in the middle
session, beating Pavelec with a quick one-timer off a Paul Gaustad feed.
Winnipeg needed only 55 seconds to answer, however, as Scheifele intercepted a
clearing attempt from Weber before converting a second-chance opportunity from
in close. He then set up Wheeler with the equalizer, a knuckler that Hutton
mishandled with his glove hand with 1:20 left in the second, with a cross-ice
feed on the subsequent shift.
"We had a good push there in the second period, we responded," Wheeler said.
Jones gave Nashville the early upper hand with an impressive wraparound score
just 2:48 into the contest, in which the talented rookie blueliner skated
nearly the length of the ice while weaving his way through the defense.
The Jets again had a quick response, though, with Thorburn redirecting Mark
Stuart's point shot while setting a screen in front just 22 seconds after
Prior to the game, the Jets announced forward Evander Kane would be sidelined
through the Olympic break with an infection in his right hand ... Predators
forward Colton Sissons made his NHL debut and registered an assist on
Spaling's goal ... Thorburn had gone 50 games since his last goal, which came
against Florida on Apr. 11 of last season ... Forwards Matt Cullen and Viktor
Stalberg missed a second straight game for Nashville due to upper-body
injuries ... Wheeler has a goal in three consecutive outings and has amassed
11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) over his last eight games.
01/29 00:12:30 ET
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