NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Nashville
(Saturday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Nashville 3, New Jersey 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - David Legwand netted two goals to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Tomas Vokoun made several key saves, stopping 38-of-40 shots en route to the win for the Predators, who have won two straight and three of four (3-1-0). Mark Eaton scored the other goal for Nashville.
Patrik Elias and John Madden scored for the Devils, who are now winless in three games (0-2-1). Martin Brodeur turned aside 24 shots in net for New Jersey, which has just one win in its last six contests (1-2-2-1).
Vokoun set the tone early on with a fantastic save in the first period on Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Niedermayer skated through the slot and shot at a wide open net, but Vokoun dove across the crease with his glove to snare it out of the air.
Legwand gave Nashville the early lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. After setting up Jason York for a one-timer from the right circle, Legwand crashed the net and was in perfect position to slam home the rebound as Brodeur kicked it right out to him.
Eaton's goal 4:48 into the second period gave the Predators a 2-0 edge. Jim McKenzie won the draw back to Eaton at the point, and he ripped one past Brodeur for his third of the year.
After Elias reduced the deficit to 2-1, Legwand crashed the net to give Nashville a two-goal cushion 5:20 into the third frame. Scott Walker threw one at Brodeur from down low and Legwand, battling a defender, came sliding in to re-direct the puck home.
Down 3-1 late, the Devils pulled Brodeur for an extra attacker. Madden capitalized with 23 ticks left but that was all New Jersey could muster in the loss.
Nashville improved to 11-5-3-1 on home ice for the season...The Predators beat New Jersey at home for this first time in five tries...Vokoun overtook Mike Dunham, now with the Rangers, for the franchise lead with 81 wins.
01/03 23:21:53 ET