NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Pittsburgh|
(Sunday, February 14th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Cal O'Reilly got the game-winner in the
shootout, as Nashville downed Pittsburgh, 4-3, in the final game before the
Olympic break for both squads.
After Kris Letang was stopped by Dan Ellis, O'Reilly slipped a wrister into
the left corner of the net.
Sidney Crosby was then stopped as Ellis made a stick save on the low shot, and
Martin Erat sealed the win with a low backhand between the pads of Marc-Andre
Shea Weber had a goal and an assist, while Erat and Jordin Tootoo also had
goals for the Predators, who had dropped three of four coming in. Ellis
stopped 30 shots in the win.
"One of the things we pride ourselves in organizationally is that we are
resilient and we'll hang in there," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "We
were really resilient. We stayed on the puck. There were some adjustments we
tried to make during the game a little bit and guys just got it done. They
battled hard and I'm just happy we were able to beat them in the shootout."
Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Brooks Orpik and Matt Cooke had a goal
apiece for the Penguins, who have lost four of their last five. Fleury made 23
stops in the loss.
"If we played the first game at the level we played the first period we would
have won that game," said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. "But tonight, losing
in a shootout, we felt like we left something on the ice tonight."
Nashville heads into the break with 71 points and is in seventh place in the
Western Conference, while Pittsburgh is in fourth place in the Eastern
Conference and with 76 points is just one point behind New Jersey for first
place in the Atlantic Division.
Pittsburgh got the only goal of the first period on the power play with 5:17
left in the frame. A one-timer from Crosby at the top of the right circle got
past Ellis with Evgeni Malkin creating a distraction at the side of the net.
Nashville tied the game just 34 seconds into the second period on the power
play when Erat's wrister from the right circle went through a screen and past
The Pens got the goal back just 1:35 later. Jordan Staal charged the net down
the right wing and got a shot off that Ellis stopped, but Cooke was there to
put in the rebound on a delayed penalty call for a 2-1 lead.
Just 12 seconds later, Nashville again tied the game, as Tootoo's shot from a
sharp angle at the right side snuck past Fleury.
Pittsburgh took the lead 4:51 into the third, as a left circle faceoff win saw
Orpik get the puck in the high slot. He wound up for a slapshot that appeared
to be going wide to the left of the net, but Ellis tried to make a play on it
and wound up deflecting the puck into the net.
Nashville, though, knotted the game at 3-3 with 7:43 to play in regulation, as
a one-timer from Weber in the high slot got through traffic for his 11th goal
of the season.
Pittsburgh had a power play in the overtime and got several shots on net, but
Ellis stopped them all, and the game went to the shootout.
Pittsburgh's first game after the break is on March 2 at home against
Buffalo...Nashville comes back from the break with a home game versus Edmonton
on March 2...Nashville is 7-1-0 with one tie in its last nine games against
02/14 18:00:01 ET