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game recap

Predators outlast Senators 6-5 in OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators nearly let a rare offensive bonanza slip away.

Nashville had lost six in a row, hadn't scored more than three goals in a game and owned only 11 non-shootout goals in eight games this season. But the Predators scored three in the first period alone, then countered a pair of Ottawa comebacks with two more goals in the third.

Even that wasn't enough. Ottawa answered Ryan Suter's power-play goal with 60 seconds left in regulation when Chris Phillips scored shorthanded with 1.6 seconds remaining. Shea Weber's power-play goal with 2:11 left in regulation finally put an end to the unexpectedly high-scoring game and gave the Predators a 6-5 victory.

"Definitely not a defensive battle. It was a lot of offense, but we got two points and we're happy," said Weber, who finished with two goals and an assist, after beating Pascal Leclaire between the pads with Ottawa's Matt Carkner in the box.

Oddly, the Predators also won 6-5 in their last visit to Ottawa on Nov. 29, 2007

"We've had some of the craziest games here in this rink," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They scored, we scored, the third period was like that. We had a 3-0 lead and we're in good shape, then we took penalties. But give our guys a lot of credit because we've been a little bit fragile lately."

Suter, rookie Cody Franson and J.P. Dumont scored in a 5:49 span of the first period to give Nashville a seemingly safe lead. But after a scoreless second period, Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Milan Michalek woke up the crowd of 18,970 by scoring in a span of 6:59 early in the third period.

"Obviously not the start we wanted, but we battled back and lots happened in between there, a lot of goals scored," Phillips said.

Weber put Nashville back in the lead by banging home a rebound at 11:27, but an end-to-end rush by Jason Spezza resulted in Anton Volchenkov's first goal of the season at 15:40. Suter appeared to have given Nashville the win when he scored during a 5-on-3 power play, but Phillips redirected a pass from Daniel Alfredsson past Pekka Rinne to force overtime.

"You're on the power play and they score a shorthanded goal with 1.6 seconds left and you're on a six-game losing streak -- that plays with your mind," Trotz said.

The loss was disappointing to the Senators, though getting a point eased the pain a bit.

"I think we showed character in the way we fought back," Alfredsson said. "It's a little frustrating, but the way we found a way to get a point is very encouraging."

Dave Scatchard , a veteran of 637 NHL games who was recalled Tuesday from Milwaukee of the AHL, recorded an assist -- his first NHL point since Jan. 7, 2007. Rookie Alexander Sulzer, also recalled Tuesday, had his first career point with an assist.

--John Kreiser, NHL.com

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
05:03
NSH
Ryan Suter (1) Snap shot - ASST: Colin Wilson (1), Dave Scatchard (1)
1 - 0 NSH
08:09
NSH
Cody Franson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (2)
2 - 0 NSH
10:52
NSH
J-P Dumont (2) Tip-in - ASST: Joel Ward (1)
3 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:11
OTT
PPG - Chris Campoli (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Spezza (5), Daniel Alfredsson (7)
3 - 1 NSH
04:06
OTT
Nick Foligno (2) Snap shot - ASST: Peter Regin (2)
3 - 2 NSH
08:10
OTT
Milan Michalek (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (6), Anton Volchenkov (4)
3 - 3 Tie
11:27
NSH
Shea Weber (2) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Sulzer (1), J-P Dumont (3)
4 - 3 NSH
15:40
OTT
Anton Volchenkov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (7), Erik Karlsson (3)
4 - 4 Tie
19:00
NSH
PPG - Ryan Suter (2) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (4), Shea Weber (3)
5 - 4 NSH
19:58
OTT
SHG - Chris Phillips (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (8), Mike Fisher (5)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
02:11
NSH
PPG - Shea Weber (3) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Suter (4), J-P Dumont (5)
6 - 5 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
17:43
NSH
J-P Dumont  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:19
NSH
Shea Weber  Tripping against  Mike Fisher
08:07
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  Dave Scatchard
13:22
NSH
Cal O'Reilly  Tripping against  Ryan Shannon
3rd Period
00:43
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding against  Daniel Alfredsson
00:43
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hi-sticking against  Alex Kovalev
02:29
NSH
Dave Scatchard  Hi-sticking against  Chris Campoli
02:36
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Holding against  Ryan Suter
04:29
OTT
Mike Fisher  Holding against  David Legwand
12:14
OTT
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Jerred Smithson
12:14
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Roughing against  Nick Foligno
12:14
OTT
Nick Foligno  Misconduct (10 min)
12:14
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Misconduct (10 min) against  Nick Foligno
17:01
OTT
Chris Phillips  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:40
OTT
Ryan Shannon  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
01:29
OTT
Matt Carkner  Interference against  Marcel Goc
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 32TOI: 62:08
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 37TOI: 61:50
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .838SH: 0 - 0