NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Carolina
(Wednesday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell scored at 3:30 of overtime as Nashville won its franchise-record sixth straight game, 2-1 over Carolina at the RBC Center.
Hartnell also assisted on David Legwand's controversial goal early in the third period for the Predators, who improved to an impressive 9-2 in their last 11 games.
Nashville was able to post the victory thanks in large part to the stellar play of goaltender Tomas Vokoun. The Predators' netminder made 40 saves, including 15 in the second period, 16 in the third and two more in overtime.
On one of those two saves in the extra session, Vokoun lost the puck and was caught out of the net. However, he made a diving save as Rod Brind'Amour fired the puck towards the net from the right boards.
Ron Francis scored for the Hurricanes and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves, as Carolina remained winless in its last three at home against Nashville (0-1-1-1).
The Predators scored the game winner on a 3-on-2 rush down the ice. Marek Zidlicky carried the puck in and slid a pass from the high slot to a streaking Hartnell, who knocked the puck in with his skate near the left post. The goal was reviewed, and much like the first Nashville goal, was ruled an unintentional kick.
After the first two periods went scoreless, the Predators got on the scoreboard amidst some controversy. Hartnell set up the goal after he faked a slap shot from the left boards and found a wide-open Legwand to the right of the net. Legwand re-directed the puck in with his skate. However, after the play was reviewed, it was declared a goal as the referees said he did not use a kicking motion. The tally stood at 3:14 of the third period.
Just 30 seconds later, the Hurricanes answered. Jeff O'Neill lost the puck while attempting a wraparound, but the disc found its way to the blade of Francis. The veteran center made no mistake, as the whirled and shot from the slot, beating Vokoun low to even the score at 1-1.
Francis scored his 541st goal, tying him with Stan Mikita for 21st on the NHL's all-time list...Each team went 0-for-4 on the power play...This was the first of a three-game road trip for the Predators, who improved to 5-6 as the visitors this season. They play next at Columbus on Thursday.
12/03 21:51:35 ET