Clarksville, TN – Wins are not coming easy for the Nashville Predators, but they keep coming. The Predators went to a shootout to defeat Arizona, 3-2 tonight at the Bridgestone Arena.
Ryan Ellis ties the game 2-2 with 2:36 remaining, then Craig Smith sealed the deal in the shootout, along with Kyle Turris, 2-1.
The win avenges a loss at Arizona earlier and moved the Predators into first place in the Central Division. Nashville is now 27-11-6.
Scott Hartnell got things started at 18:17 of the second period, lighting the lamp for Nashville on a breakaway goal, after a superior pass from Ryan Ellis.
Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied it at 1-1 with 12 seconds remaining in the period, getting a rebound that he netted, for his 8th goal of the season.
Arizona took a 2-1 lead at 13:40 of the third, beating Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne for his 11th goal of the year. After a challenge from the Coyotes, Ellis’s goal to tie the game was confirmed, and it was off to overtime, where there was no score.
After the game, Ryan Ellis noted that the Predators were getting more pucks on goal and were creating more chances to score. Ellis who recently returned to the line-up after recovering from last year’s leg injury, has quickly returned to form.
Nashville wins their fourth straight, while the loss is the fifth in a row for Arizona.
The Predators return to the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night to host the Florida Panthers. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.