NHL Game Summary - Washington at Nashville|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brooks Laich's power-play goal 1:44 into
overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators
at Bridgestone Arena.
Alex Ovechkin, who drew a tripping penalty against Nashville defenseman Ryan
Suter in the extra session, fired a slap shot from the point that Laich
deflected over Predators goaltender Anders Lindback.
"(Nashville) is a very fast-skating team. I thought they did a good job
pressuring us for the first 30 minutes. Midway through the second, we started
taking to them. We started to tilt the ice a little bit in the third period
and took over."
The Capitals erased a two-goal deficit with third-period tallies from
Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann. Michal Neuvirth made 37 saves as
Washington won its fifth straight game against Nashville.
J-P Dumont and Jordin Tootoo lit the lamp for the Predators, who suffered
their first loss after beginning the season with three straight wins.
"I thought we came out really well," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz.
"We had a lot of structure, a lot of pace. We had a tremendous amount of
chances. We were skating and reducing penalties."
Lindback stopped 31 shots.
Semin scored on a power play, beating Lindback with a shot from the left
circle at 4:33, then Fleischmann jammed in a loose puck outside the crease to
tie the game at 12:14.
Dumont opened the scoring when he took a pass from Colin Wilson and fired a
wrister behind Neuvirth with 2:53 to play in the first period. Tootoo made it
2-0 at the 5:32 mark of the middle stanza.
Neuvirth became the first Capitals goalie to start five in a row to begin a
season since Olaf Kolzig in 1999-2000...Washington has won four straight after
dropping the season-opener in Atlanta.
10/17 01:20:53 ET