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Preds power play nearly perfect in win over Dallas


Dec 13, 2013


After failing to convert on 17 consecutive power plays, the Nashville Predators converted on two in 28 seconds in their 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.

At 18:45 of the first period, with Nashville trailing Dallas 1-0, the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff headed to the box for high-sticking Kevin Klein.

On the ensuing faceoff in front of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Brenden Dillon sent the puck out of the Stars zone and over the glass, resulting in a delay of game penalty.

Trailing by a goal, Nashville had 1:53 of five-on-three power play time.

They only needed 38 seconds.

A mere ten seconds after Dillon went to the box, Patric Hornqvist took a feed in the slot from David Legwand and buried it behind Lehtonen to tie the game.

With Horcoff’s penalty eliminated and the game tied, Nashville still had a five-on-four advantage for the next 1:43. Instead, David Legwand picked up a Roman Josi rebound and caught Lehtonen on the wrong side of the net to give Nashville the lead.

“We obviously got a lucky bounce on the second one,” Predators captain Shea Weber said. “On the first one, Legwand made a good play with his stick and slid it into Hornqvist. We have done some good things over the past few games, but we just have not gotten the results. Tonight we were trying to get more pucks to the net and, fortunately, we scored a few goals.”

Prior to the two goals, Nashville had not scored a power play goal since November 27, a span of six games and 17 missed opportunities.

Nashville’s sudden burst of scoring turned the game on its heels. Dallas had scored at 18:07 to take a 1-0 lead, but 83 seconds later, the Predators were on top.

“The momentum swing was huge,” Weber said. “Before the game we talked about how our power play needs to be a big part of our game. Our special teams have been very solid this year, and our power play needs to keep tripping the other teams. It has become a big part of our game now and we need to keep it up.”

Even with the six-game drought, the Predators rank eleventh in the NHL with a 19.4% power play percentage. That is over a two percent improvement on last season’s much maligned man advantage.

Legwand’s goal ended up being the game winner as Dallas was never able to claw its way back into the game.

Technically, the Predators finished two-of-three on the power play, with a late penalty against Dallas’ Jamie Benn resulting in a man advantage in the waning moments of the game.

“We were down one to nothing then were on the power play and on the bench we were saying, ‘Let’s get this even,'” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said. “You look at our record when we score a power play goal and it’s pretty good. In the last six or seven, it’s been kind of dry in terms of goal production, but that was a real big turning point for us and gives us a lot of confidence at home. We’ve been working on the power play and calling out the power play as they had to make the difference tonight.”

The Predators are 11-0-1 this season when they score a power play goal.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua