In one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of the franchise, the Nashville Predators defeated the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on Sunday by a 4-3 score. Blake Geoffrion recorded his first career Hat Trick on Sunday, leading the comeback for Nashville.
Geoffrion got the scoring started in the 1st period at 6:44 when he threw a pass across that was intended for J.P. Dumont. The puck deflected past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller off of a Sabre skate.
Buffalo came out flying in the 2nd period. Nathan Gerbe got the scoring started for the Sabres when he spun around Kevin Klein right in front of the net to beat Anders Lindback. Tim Connolly scored for Buffalo again just 42 seconds later when Shea Weber turned the puck over at the blue line. Tyler Ennis would add a power-play goal for Buffalo at 19:00 of the 2nd period on the rush. He just wristed a shot that trickled right past Lindback.
In the 3rd, Buffalo controlled the play for the majority of the period. That would change, however, when Geoffrion scored again at 17:33 of the period. Geoffrion shot and then whacked at the puck while it was under Miller, and ended up putting it past him to bring the Predators within one. Just 1:04 seconds later, Cody Franson wristed a shot from the point that was tipped in by Geoffrion to complete the Hat Trick, and that would put the game into overtime.
Martin Erat would score the game-winner in overtime for the Predators just 27 seconds into the period. He took a great pass from David Legwand and finished it off to give the Predators an important two points.
With the win, the Predators moved up to 6th place. However, Chicago and Phoenix are currently playing each other as I'm writing this. If Chicago wins, they would move past the Predators.
The Preds have an important game against the irksome Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. With only 9 games remaining, each game is now more important than it's ever been before for Nashville.