Clarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators broke their two game losing streak with a vengeance tonight, unleashing their power-play against the Ottawa Senators with a 5-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena.
Following two straight losses and unable to score on the power play, the Predators finally regained their aggressive style of play and were able to capitalize on the power play for the impressive win in front of a President’s Day, sold out crowd in Nashville.
Roman Josi started the scoring for the Predators at 9:28 of the first period with a wicked slap shot to give Nashville an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Ellis and Kyle Turris assisted on the score.
Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 14:32 of the opening period with his 19th goal of the season, assisted by Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau of Ottawa would cut the lead in half with his goal at 16:03 of the first period with an assist from Mark Stone and Eric Karlsson for the 2-1 score.
At 6:34 of the second period, Ryan Ellis would give Nashville a 3-1 lead on his slap shot from the top of the ice, assisted by Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala, capping their third power play goal of the night.
The power play has been absent from the Predators’ offense, scoring only one power play goal in their last seven games.
Nashville would enjoy their two goal lead for only a short time though as Max McCormick would bring the Senators within a goal with his “wrister” at 8:05 of the second period to make it 3-2. Fredrik Claesson and Nick Shore would get the assist.
Viktor Arvidsson would extend the Predators lead to 4-2 at 10:00 of the second period with his second goal of the night, and his 20th of the season, placing his goal over the shoulder of Ottawa’s goalie, Craig Anderson.
At 8:15 of the final frame, Craig Smith would score on a wrist shot with an assist from Kevin Fiala for the final score, 5-2.
Nashville travels to Detroit tonight for a Tuesday night match with the Red Wings, hoping to avenge their Saturday night loss at the Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won’t have to worry about their nemesis, Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, who was traded earlier in the day to Philadelphia for a couple of draft picks. Mrazek was 6-0-0 against the Predators.