NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, March 4th)
Final Score: Nashville 9, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Dan Hamhuis posted a goal and four assists, as the Nashville Predators used a club-record six power-play goals to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins winless at home for the 16th straight game with a 9-4 victory at the Igloo.
Adam Hall scored twice and Steve Sullivan tallied a goal and two assists for Nashville, which has won six of its last nine games (6-2-1). David Legwand and Andrew Hutchinson each recorded a goal and an assist, while Marek Zidlicky, Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo also scored for the Predators.
Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 24 shots in the victory.
Milan Kraft, Josef Melichar, Landon Wilson and Dick Tarnstrom each registered a goal for Pittsburgh, which hasn't won at home since a 1-0 victory over Chicago on December 29. On Tuesday, the Pens needed a late rally to tie the New York Islanders in order to stop their 14-game home losing skid. Pittsburgh is 0-15-1 in the last 16 home tilts.
Pittsburgh goaltender Andy Chiodo let in all nine goals against 32 shots in the losing effort.
"Every time we tried to close within one or two we still thought we had a chance," said Penguins' coach Ed Olczyk about the decision to leave Chiodo in the game. "It doesn't matter what the score is - we always feel we have a chance to get back in the game."
Nashville exploded with four goals, including the first three on the power play, in the opening period to grab a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.
Under a minute into the game, Zidlicky's 13th goal of the season opened the scoring. Sullivan skated down the left-wing side and put on the brakes at the circle. He then spotted a streaking Zidlicky, who beat Chiodo with a wrister up high from the slot at the 55-second mark.
Nashville went up 2-0 at 12:26 when Hamhuis corralled the puck in close and passed across the crease, where Erat poked it home at the left post.
A third power-play goal over three minutes later continued the visitors onslaught. With Tarnstrom off for a high-sticking minor, the disc came back to Hutchinson at the left point. Completely uncontested, Hutchinson walked in and wound up from the slot before his blazing shot flew past Chiodo with 4:20 to play in the frame.
"It's pretty tough because we had the first four penalties," Olczyk added. "They have a good power play."
The first-period flurry was capped 32 seconds later by Tootoo, who controlled the puck along the left half-wall and lit the lamp with a slap shot. His fourth goal, assisted by Jamie Allison and Greg Johnson, gave Nashville a 4-0 advantage.
Hamhuis's sixth goal 1:05 into the middle session made it a five-goal game.
In the closing minutes of the second, the Penguins scored twice to cut their deficit to 5-2.
The first came during a power-play. Tomas Surovy held the puck at the right boards and fed to Aleksey Morozov in the circle. Morozov went down low, forced Vokoun out of position and slid the puck to Kraft, who one-timed it into the open net at 17:10.
With only 18 seconds to go before the second intermission, Melichar's unassisted tally accounted for the Pens' second goal.
The Predators responded at the 3:13 mark of the final stanza. Hall notched Nashville's fourth power-play marker with a rebound backhander from the left side of the crease.
A fluke Penguins' goal from behind the net at 7:18, for which Wilson was given credit, saw Pittsburgh claw back into the contest as it trailed 6-3.
Midway through the final period, a scramble in front of the Predators' net resulted in a rebound goal by Tarnstrom. His 12th tally of the campaign brought the Penguins within two, 6-4.
However, just 49 ticks later, Legwand's laser from the right circle on a 2- on-1 put the visitors ahead by three.
Late in regulation, the frustrated Penguins took several bad penalties which resulted in a lengthy two-man advantage for the Predators, who used the extra skaters to score two more times.
Sullivan's 22nd goal at 17:32 made it 8-4 before Hall's second tally of the night with 1:13 remaining finally completed the scoring.
The Predators were 6-for-10 on the power play, while the Pens finished 1-for-4 on the man advantage...Despite the victory, the Predators are just 5-9-1 in their last 15 road games...Pittsburgh is now 2-3-0-1 since its 18-game losing streak...Nashville is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings with the Penguins and also won for the first time ever in Pittsburgh.
03/04 23:21:52 ET