NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 6, Ottawa 5
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Martin Erat had a three-point night, scoring the game-winning goal with 22.2 seconds remaining in regulation and also adding a pair of assists, as the Nashville Predators outlasted the Ottawa Senators, 6-5, at Scotiabank Place.
The winning goal came just 23 seconds after Ottawa tied things up, as the Predators capitalized on a turnover in front of the net. Erat collected the loose disc and, from the near side, lifted it into the top right corner for the game-winner.
J.P. Dumont notched a goal and three helpers, while Dan Ellis made 27 saves for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games.
"It's a big two points for us," said Dumont. "There was no panic in us all game, even when they came back and tied it up. We just kept our composure and waited for our chance."
It was also a big day off the ice for Nashville, as the NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the team to a prospective ownership group led by businessman David Freeman.
Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist, and Martin Gerber stopped 29-of-35 shots in a losing cause for Ottawa, which has dropped five straight games for the first time since October 28 to November 8, 2006.
"We're not playing well defensively," said Alfredsson. "We've been too cautious instead of aggressive in our own end. That's what happens when you press too hard. We have to work through this. It seems we are finding ways to lose when we found ways to win before."
Trailing by a goal, Ottawa knotted it up when Shean Donovan carried the puck down low and threw it out front for Dany Heatley, who crashed the net and chipped it in on the short side just 2:47 into the third period.
Nashville, however, made it 4-3 when Ryan Suter shoveled a rebound chance past a diving Gerber a little more than a minute later, then opened a two-goal cushion at 8:39, as Martin Gelinas had a shot deflect toward the net that ricocheted off the skate of an Ottawa defenseman and trickled over the goal line.
Spezza redirected Wade Redden's shot under the right leg of Ellis to make it a one-goal game with 8:21 left in the contest, and Alfredsson made it 5-5 when he sent a backhand shot top-shelf with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Predators opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 44 seconds in. Dumont gained possession, circled in and ripped a shot that deflected off the right hand of Sens defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The puck then caromed to the right circle for Dan Hamhuis, who sent it top shelf for the 1-0 edge.
Joe Corvo tied it up when he rifled a slap shot from the point that sailed through traffic and under the glove of Ellis just past the midpoint.
Greg De Vries, though, put Nashville back on top with 3:23 remaining in the opening stanza when he came through the slot unimpeded, stole the puck from an Ottawa defenseman and wristed it under the glove of Gerber.
Vermette made it a 2-2 game at 10:03 of the middle stanza, drawing the Senators back in it, but Dumont gave the edge to Nashville heading to the third when he one-timed a pass through the five-hole of Gerber with 1:28 left.
Volchenkov suffered an injury to his right hand when he was hit by Dumont's slap shot and did not return...Nashville is 10-0-1 when scoring first...Corvo scored in his 100th game as an Ottawa Senator...Ellis is 6-0-0 in his nine career games between the pipes...Gerber has allowed 14 goals in his last three games...Alfredsson has five goals and 12 points in eight career games versus Nashville...These teams had not met at Scotiabank Place since a 4-2 Senators' victory on March 6, 2004.
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