NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Nashville|
(Thursday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Nashville 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brian Elliott made 25 saves to backstop the
Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone
Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno lit the lamp for the Senators, who won for just
the third time in their last eight games.
"It's just a good road win," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "The power
play got us the winning goal. I thought we played a real solid period in the
third. It's a nice way to go into the Christmas break."
Marcel Goc found the back of the net for Nashville, which has dropped three
straight on the heels of a five-game win streak.
Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots in defeat. He made his first start since December
1 after undergoing knee surgery.
"Tonight we were better defensively," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "It
was a little bit of a challenge, but we didn't have any finish tonight."
Kovalev found space in the slot and hammered Peter Regin's pass from behind
the net past Rinne to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead at the 9:35 mark of the first
Foligno's power-play goal made it 2-0 at 4:58 of the middle stanza, but Goc
scored on a redirection to put Nashville on the board less than three minutes
The Predators mustered only seven shots over the final 20 minutes.
Nashville fell to 7-2-4 against the Eastern Conference this season...Ottawa
finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Predators went scoreless on
their four chances with the extra skater...Ottawa has won its last two games
in Tennessee's capital, including a 2-0 decision on February 16, 2009.
12/24 03:20:44 ET