NHL Game Summary - Nashville at New Jersey |
(Thursday, October 19th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Erat's shootout goal lifted the
Nashville Predators over the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, at Continental Airlines
After Nashville's Marek Zidlicky and Paul Kariya were denied by Scott
Clemmensen, Erat gave the Predators the advantage with a wrist shot over
Clemmensen's right shoulder. New Jersey's Patrik Elias had a chance to keep
the shootout alive, but his shot bounced off the pads of Chris Mason to give
Nashville its fourth straight victory.
Jason Arnott, Erat and Scott Nichol rounded out the scoring for the Predators,
who scored twice on the power play.
Mason stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, including 13 in the second period.
Brian Gionta scored twice and Scott Gomez added a goal for the Devils, who
have lost two of three. Clemmensen made 15 saves.
New Jersey scored twice in the final 2:07 of the third period.
Gomez put the Devils within one with a backhand shot to the upper right corner
of the net, and with 11.6 seconds left in regulation and the goaltender
pulled, Gionta tied the game on a snap shot after receiving a pass from Elias.
The Devils went on the power play during the extra period, but couldn't manage
to net the puck as Mason stopped all four shots he faced.
Arnott's power-play goal at the 2:10 mark in the first period gave the
Predators a 1-0 lead. From behind the right circle, Kariya fed the puck to
Arnott, who one-timed it over the right shoulder of Clemmensen.
Less than two minutes later, New Jersey tied the game during a power play on
Gionta's snap shot past the stick of Mason. Gomez and Elias, who slipped a
pass to Gionta from the right circle, notched assists.
Erat's wrist shot, also during a power play, put Nashville up by one 6:15 into
the frame. The goal was setup when Kariya centered a pass to Erat who sent the
puck through the pads of Clemmensen.
The Predators took a 3-1 advantage with just under three minutes to play in
the second on a short-handed goal. After Ryan Suter won a face off from the
right circle, Nichol received the puck and his wrist shot sailed past
Clemmensen's glove side.
Gomez recorded his 400th career point...Elias had three assists...Nashville
hosts Vancouver on Saturday while New Jersey travels to Ottawa...Attendance
10/19 22:37:32 ET