Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators picked off the Ottawa Senators tonight at Bridgestone Arena and gathered up two valuable points in the process, 3-2.
Nashville, trying to fight their way into the wild card race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, used the power play to their advantage, and held off a decimated Senators squad for the win.
Ottawa drew first blood though in this one, as Thomas Chabot scored at 4:53 of the opening period, grabbing a loose puck from the circle and beat Juuse Saros in net for the Predators for the 1-0 lead.Just twenty seconds later though, the Predators answered back, when Colin Blackwell slipped a rebound into the net to draw the home team even at 1-1.
The Senators would take the lead to end the opening frame though at 18:34 as Filip Chlapik backhanded the puck past Saros for the 2-1 lead.
Ottawa was very active during the trade deadline though as their chances of making the playoffs are slim, so the team they put on the ice was a combination of players who are just playing for their own individual futures.
Craig Anderson was in net for Ottawa and took the loss, facing 33 shots on goal.
The second period was all about Nashville as Ryan Ellis tied the game at 2-2 on a power play goal at 5:17, and Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators their final score at 9:43 for the second power play goal of the night.
Final score, 3-2.
There was no scoring in the final period as Nashville worked itself into the win, holding off the Senators for the win.
Nashville has a stretch of home games ahead of them with the Calgary Flames in town on Thursday night, then the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
The Predators need every point they can scratch out on this home stretch as they sit just 3 points out of the wild card race.