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Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, 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.

Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators defeat the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena 3-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in shoot-out victory 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators hold on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shoot-out, 4-3.  Rocco Grimaldi scored the decisive goal in the 8th round of the shoot-out for the win.

The Predators were coming off of a tough loss last night in Chicago and blew an early two goal lead to hang on for the win.  Columbus fought a valiant fight, considering that half of their team is on injured reserve.

Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund gave the Predators a 2-0 lead after the first period, with Johansen scoring just 33 seconds into the contest, while Granlund extended the Nashville lead at 10:31.

Rocco Grimaldi scores the game winner for the Nashville Predators in the 8th round of their shoot-out victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  (Michael Strasinger)

Rocco Grimaldi scores the game winner for the Nashville Predators in the 8th round of their shoot-out victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators’ comeback falls short against the Ottawa Senators 5-4

 

Nashville PredatorsOttawa, Ontario – The Nashville Predators were a tale of two teams tonight, pulling themselves out of a second period hole to pull even in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, only to fall short in the over-time, 5-4.

Nashville has managed to pick up 5 points on this four game road trip so far and have a date with the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The Predators got off to a hot start in the first period with 17 shots on goal and a 1-0 lead at the end of the period.  Craig Smith who has scored three goals in his last two games put the Predators on the board at 11:16 taking a pass behind the net and beating Marcus Hogberg for the early marker.

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Nashville Predators fall to the Ottawa Senators 5-4 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators dominate the New York Islanders 8-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNew York, NY – The Nashville Predators sweep their back-to-back series tonight with a convincing win over the New York Islanders, 8-3.  Head coach Peter Laviolette juggled his lines tonight and may have found the magic his team has been missing so far this year.

Nashville played two nights of convincing hockey with wins over the Rangers, and tonight, the Islanders. Scoring was NOT the issue tonight.

Craig Smith got things started when he gave the Predators the 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the opening frame on a wrist shot that beat starting goaltender Thomas Greiss.  Greiss wouldn’t finish the game in net.

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Nashville Predators dismantle the New York Islanders 8-3 (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators fall to St. Louis Blues 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsSt. Louis, MO – The Nashville Predators fell to the St. Louis Blues this afternoon in game one of a back-to-back series with the Blues, 3-2. 

St. Louis used a constant offensive attack all afternoon to keep Nashville at bay.

Vince Dunn got the scoring started for St. Louis at 4:37 of the opening frame by taking his own rebound off his initial shot and tucking it into the net past Pekka Rinne, who despite the loss, had a phenomenal game. 

St. Louis took the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) shoots as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) shoots as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall short in comeback against the Ottawa Senators

 

Nashville PredatorsOttawa Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators made a valiant effort to dig themselves out of a three-goal deficit tonight, only to lose in overtime against the Ottawa Senators, 4-3.

The Predators found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period of play, causing coach Peter Laviolette to pull Pekka Rinne from goal to begin the second period. 

The move sent a strong message to his team that he wasn’t happy with their lazy play of the opening frame.

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) battles for the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) battles for the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators snap losing streak to defeat Ottawa Senators 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators recovered from a disastrous Canadian road trip to defeat the Ottawa Senators at the Bridgestone Arena, 3-1.

The win in front of a noisy “Smashville” home crowd, was a much needed shot in the arm following two losses last week to Vancouver and Calgary.  The injury plagued Predators have been finding ways to win without P.K Subban, Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris, all on the injury list.

Ottawa scored first, just twenty six seconds into the contest on a mishandled shot by Pekka Rinne.  Zack Smith’s backhand skipped over the outstretched glove of Rinne for the early 1-0 Ottawa lead.

 Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) has a shot blocked by Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators unleash power play for victory over Ottawa Senators 5-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, 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.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) takes a shot on goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. ( Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) takes a shot on goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. ( Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Ottawa Senators 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators dropped another overtime thriller, but managed to pick up a point tonight, falling to the Ottawa Senators 4-3.  P.K Subban scored twice, including the game tying goal with 4:18 remaining in regulation, to force the overtime. 

For the second night in a row, Nashville found itself coming from behind to earn the point.  They’ve now earned four out of six possible points on this road trip.  Filip Forsberg is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday after serving a three game suspension.   

P.K Subban opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the game when his shot deflected off Ottawa’s Cody Ceci and Nashville took the early lead, 1-0.   

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Magnus Paajarvi (56) chasing in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

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