Predators fall to Sens in shootout
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Ottawa Senators got another big win with a solid team effort.
Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday night.
Kyle Turris scored in regulation for Ottawa, which has won five of its last six. Craig Anderson had 31 saves through overtime, and then stopped Craig Smith and David Legwand in the shootout.
"I thought Craig was again, a very consistent goaltender," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean. "We’re slowly starting to build some momentum. Tonight I thought was a good effort by the total team and the whole team found a way to win the game."
Mike Fisher had the lone goal for Nashville, which has lost three of four. Marek Mazanec finished with 20 saves.
"We’ve had some difficult stretches where we absolutely deserved to get two points and haven’t been able to do it, but we come out and play hard every night," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "That’s something everyone in that room can hang their hat on."
Nashville is now 0-5 in shootouts this season, with their shooters scoring just once in 18 tries.
Turris scored the game’s first goal at 6:23 of the second period. Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm carried the puck behind his own net and reversed it off the end boards, but he did not have a teammate there, and the puck came to Turris on the right side. Turris then beat a surprised Mazanec with a wrist shot for his 12th goal of the season, giving him a point in four of his last five games.
"I just tried to reverse it and it bounced right in front," Ekholm said. "I don’t know if it hit him or the boards or something, but obviously bad play by me and I have to get better there."
Fisher tied it with 3:01 left in the second period. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Ryan Ellis’ shot from above the left circle was blocked, but the puck came to Fisher just to the left of the Ottawa net where he snapped a shot past Anderson for his 12th of the season.
Fisher played the first 675 games of his NHL career with the Senators before being traded to Nashville in February 2011.
Anderson stopped Viktor Stalberg on a penalty shot with 8:17 left in the first period. Stalberg was awarded the attempt after having his feet taken out by Ottawa’s Joe Corvo on a breakaway just seconds after Stalberg finished serving a tripping penalty of his own.
"You take the mind out of it, just read and react," Anderson said. "I wanted to make sure I didn’t give him an easy shot."