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
|Ryan Suter (1) ASST: Colin Wilson (1), Dave Scatchard (1)|
1 - 0 NSH
|Cody Franson (1) ASST: J-P Dumont (2)|
2 - 0 NSH
|J-P Dumont (2) ASST: Joel Ward (1)|
3 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Chris Campoli (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (5), Daniel Alfredsson (7)|
3 - 1 NSH
|Nick Foligno (2) ASST: Peter Regin (2)|
3 - 2 NSH
|Milan Michalek (5) ASST: Jason Spezza (6), Anton Volchenkov (4)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Shea Weber (2) ASST: Alexander Sulzer (1), J-P Dumont (3)|
4 - 3 NSH
|Anton Volchenkov (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (7), Erik Karlsson (3)|
4 - 4 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Suter (2) ASST: J-P Dumont (4), Shea Weber (3)|
5 - 4 NSH
|SHG - Chris Phillips (1) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (8), Mike Fisher (5)|
5 - 5 Tie
|PPG - Shea Weber (3) ASST: Ryan Suter (4), J-P Dumont (5)|
6 - 5 NSH
|J-P Dumont Too many men on the ice|
|Shea Weber Tripping against Mike Fisher|
|Chris Neil Interference against Dave Scatchard|
|Cal O'Reilly Tripping against Ryan Shannon|
|Ryan Suter Holding against Daniel Alfredsson|
|Steve Sullivan Hi-sticking against Alex Kovalev|
|Dave Scatchard Hi-sticking against Chris Campoli|
|Alex Kovalev Holding against Ryan Suter|
|Mike Fisher Holding against David Legwand|
|Nick Foligno Roughing against Jerred Smithson|
|Jerred Smithson Roughing against Nick Foligno|
|Nick Foligno Misconduct|
|Jerred Smithson Misconduct against Nick Foligno|
|Chris Phillips Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Ryan Shannon Too many men on the ice|
|Matt Carkner Interference against Marcel Goc|