Friday, December 9, 2011

Nashville gets a huge win when all seemed lost

The Nashville Predators have occasionally been known to have a flare for the dramatic. Their 4-3 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets is a perfect example of that.

Nashville was down 3-1 with a little under two minutes remaining in the third period when they pulled Pekka Rinne to bring on the extra attacker. Patric Hornqvist was able to slide one past Curtis Sanford to bring the game within one.

With 13 seconds remaining in regulation, Sergei Kostitsyn tied the game at 3-3, and sent the game into overtime. Colin Wilson completed the unlikely overtime comeback victory when he converted a one-timer on a pass from Martin Erat.

For the first 58 minutes of the game, Nashville was totally outplayed by the Blue Jackets. They really had no business being in the game, but somehow found a way to collect two points.

Barry Trotz felt that the Predators deserved to win the two previous games before this one, but they had lost both of them. Nashville did not deserve to win this game, but they won it anyway. Sometimes things have a way of balancing out.

The Predators will host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, and will be looking to build on this dramatic victory.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Colin Wilson(NSH)
2. Mike Fisher(NSH)
3. Martin Erat(NSH)

Official 3 Stars:
1. Colin Wilson(NSH)
2. Antoine Vermett(CBJ)
3. Sergei Kostitsyn(NSH)

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