NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Nashville
(Saturday, January 30th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Atlanta 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jason Arnott's goal seven seconds into the third period proved to be the difference, and the Predators managed to beat the Thrashers, 4-3, after blowing a two-goal lead in the second period.
Martin Erat and Joel Ward each had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who had lost each of their last five games in regulation. Jerred Smithson also scored, while Pekka Rinne made 23 stops in the win.
Bryan Little scored twice, and Chris Thorborn also tallied for the Thrashers, who were looking for their first three-game win streak since a four-game stretch from November 25-30. Nik Antropov had two helpers, and Johan Hedberg allowed four goals on 31 shots in defeat.
The Predators held a 3-1 lead after Erat's blistering slapshot from the slot with 8:48 left in the second, but Atlanta scored twice quickly to even the game.
Nashville went on the power play shortly after Erat's goal, but Thorburn's backhand while shorthanded found the back of the net for a 3-2 game with 7:37 on the clock, and Little's backhanded shot 2 1/2 minutes later also eluded Rinne to make it a 3-3 game entering the third.
Arnott quickly restored Nashville's lead, scoring his 13th of the year just seven seconds into the third period.
The rest of the third went scoreless despite Atlanta's attempt to tally the equalizer by pulling Hedberg in the final minute.
Ward opened the scoring 3:59 into the game, and Smithson gave the Predators a 2-0 lead just prior to the midway point of the first period.
Little got the Thrashers to within one entering the second with a slapshot goal with 6:03 remaining on the clock.
Nashville improved to 15-10-1 at home...Atlanta has lost 11 of its last 13 road games...Each team had 10 penalty minutes in the game...The two teams split two meetings last season.
01/30 22:39:21 ET