NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Ottawa|
(Thursday, November 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 6, Ottawa 5
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Martin Erat had a three-point night, scoring
the game-winning goal with 22.2 seconds remaining in regulation and also
adding a pair of assists, as the Nashville Predators outlasted the Ottawa
Senators, 6-5, at Scotiabank Place.
The winning goal came just 23 seconds after Ottawa tied things up, as the
Predators capitalized on a turnover in front of the net. Erat collected the
loose disc and, from the near side, lifted it into the top right corner for
J.P. Dumont notched a goal and three helpers, while Dan Ellis made 27 saves
for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games.
"It's a big two points for us," said Dumont. "There was no panic in us all
game, even when they came back and tied it up. We just kept our composure and
waited for our chance."
It was also a big day off the ice for Nashville, as the NHL Board of Governors
unanimously approved the sale of the team to a prospective ownership group led
by businessman David Freeman.
Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist, and Martin
Gerber stopped 29-of-35 shots in a losing cause for Ottawa, which has dropped
five straight games for the first time since October 28 to November 8, 2006.
"We're not playing well defensively," said Alfredsson. "We've been too
cautious instead of aggressive in our own end. That's what happens when you
press too hard. We have to work through this. It seems we are finding ways
to lose when we found ways to win before."
Trailing by a goal, Ottawa knotted it up when Shean Donovan carried the puck
down low and threw it out front for Dany Heatley, who crashed the net and
chipped it in on the short side just 2:47 into the third period.
Nashville, however, made it 4-3 when Ryan Suter shoveled a rebound chance past
a diving Gerber a little more than a minute later, then opened a two-goal
cushion at 8:39, as Martin Gelinas had a shot deflect toward the net that
ricocheted off the skate of an Ottawa defenseman and trickled over the goal
Spezza redirected Wade Redden's shot under the right leg of Ellis to make it a
one-goal game with 8:21 left in the contest, and Alfredsson made it 5-5 when
he sent a backhand shot top-shelf with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Predators opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 44 seconds in.
Dumont gained possession, circled in and ripped a shot that deflected off the
right hand of Sens defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The puck then caromed to the
right circle for Dan Hamhuis, who sent it top shelf for the 1-0 edge.
Joe Corvo tied it up when he rifled a slap shot from the point that sailed
through traffic and under the glove of Ellis just past the midpoint.
Greg De Vries, though, put Nashville back on top with 3:23 remaining in the
opening stanza when he came through the slot unimpeded, stole the puck from an
Ottawa defenseman and wristed it under the glove of Gerber.
Vermette made it a 2-2 game at 10:03 of the middle stanza, drawing the
Senators back in it, but Dumont gave the edge to Nashville heading to the
third when he one-timed a pass through the five-hole of Gerber with 1:28 left.
Volchenkov suffered an injury to his right hand when he was hit by Dumont's
slap shot and did not return...Nashville is 10-0-1 when scoring first...Corvo
scored in his 100th game as an Ottawa Senator...Ellis is 6-0-0 in his nine
career games between the pipes...Gerber has allowed 14 goals in his last three
games...Alfredsson has five goals and 12 points in eight career games versus
Nashville...These teams had not met at Scotiabank Place since a 4-2 Senators'
victory on March 6, 2004.
11/29 23:11:10 ET