NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Nashville
(Thursday, January 1st)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Pittsburgh 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kimmo Timonen scored two of Nashville's three power-play goals and assisted on the third, as the Predators defeated Pittsburgh, 3-2, at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Martin Erat scored the game-winner midway through the third, as the Predators improved to 6-1-2-1 in its last 10 home games. Scott Walker added two assists for the Predators.
Rico Fata and Tomas Surovy each scored for the Penguins, as they remained winless on the road in their last 11 games (0-7-1-3).
Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots for Nashville, while Sebastien Caron made 27 saves for Pittsburgh.
Erat scored the go-ahead tally at the 7:19 mark of the third with a pass from Walker.
Timonen scored the equalizer less than 90 seconds into the third period, as his slapper from the blue line beat Caron, who was without a stick when Pittsburgh defenseman Marc Bergevin slid into the goaltender and knocked the stick behind the net.
The Pens regained the lead, 2-1, at the 16:44 mark of the second period when Surovy scored on the power play.
Caron came up big for Pittsburgh in the second 20 minutes, as he stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced.
Timonen tied the game on a power-play goal for the Predators with nine minutes left to go in the period.
Fata gave the Pens a 1-0 advantage at the 19:09 mark of the first period. Ryan Malone dug the puck out of the boards behind Nashville's goal and slipped a pass out to Fata in the slot, as he wristed it past Vokoun for the tally.
Nashville was 3-for-7 on the power play, while the Penguins were 1- for-5...Pittsburgh has lost three of its last four games (0-3-1-0)...The Pens have lost four straight in Nashville...Pittsburgh's two goals equaled the same amount that it had scored in the previous three meetings, as the Predators have outscored the Pens 16-4 in the last four.
01/01 18:00:13 ET