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Preds end losing streak with 3-2 shootout win

Friday, 11.12.2010 / 1:12 AM / Roundup

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Marcel Goc made sure the Nashville Predators didn't go home from their five-game road trip empty-handed.

Goc scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout on Thursday, giving the Predators a 3-2 victory at St. Louis and ending Nashville's five-game losing streak. The five losses included the first four games of their road trip, including a 5-4 setback at Anaheim on Sunday in which the Ducks got the game-winner with less than 2 seconds left in regulation.

"We hadn't won in a while, so you know you're always wondering if you have much confidence," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought we did a really good job. … (We're) fortunate to win it in the shootout so will take the win. It's never easy for us and it hasn't been in this last little while."

Both teams scored once in the first three rounds of the shootout, but after Pekka Rinne stopped Patrik Berglund, Goc deked Jaroslav Halak to the ice and tucked the puck past him for the win. It was only his second goal in six shootout attempts.

"We've struggled getting points here the last five games and today we found a way," Goc said. "We new they were going to come hard at us after last night's game it's always tough to play them. We got a little bit of momentum going into the shootout and (Pekka Rinne) was there again when we needed him."

Though his team couldn't hold a third-period lead -- J-P Dumont tied the game with 5:52 left in regulation -- Blues coach Davis Payne was a lot happier than he was one night earlier when his team was smoked 8-1 at Columbus.

"We got our game to the right place tonight," Payne said after his team's 12-game home winning streak was ended. "I think we were much quicker through the neutral zone but most importantly, we handled their forecheck early. When you play against Nashville, a real strong forechecking team, we had to make a difference back there. … I thought it was a big key for our club to handle what we didn't handle (Wednesday) night."

Flyers 8, Hurricanes 1
HIGHLIGHTS

A few days of golf did wonders for the Flyers, who routed the Hurricanes in Raleigh behind Jeff Carter's second NHL hat trick.

With a three-day break between games, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette -- who coached Carolina to the Stanley Cup in 2006 -- took the Flyers a few hours southwest to famed Pinehurst Resort to play some golf and spend some time together away from the rink.

"We should do it every week, if we're going to score eight goals," Carter said.

Danny Briere scored twice, Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Zherdev and Mike Richards also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers, who cruised to their seventh win in eight games. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots for Philadelphia, which has won eight straight in the series. The Flyers hadn't scored eight goals in a game since beating Pittsburgh 8-2 in December 2007.

The Hurricanes got a goal from Chad LaRose, but Cam Ward was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 13 shots. Justin Peters allowed the last four goals.

"It's disappointing, because that hasn't happened to us," coach Paul Maurice said. "We've had some tough nights but stayed in the fight, I thought, pretty good, and tonight, we didn't."

Philadelphia, which had its six-game winning streak snapped four nights earlier with an overtime loss at Washington, improved to 14-0-3 in its last 17 meetings with Carolina.

"We were embarrassed on our home ice," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said.

Red Wings 6, Oilers 2HIGHLIGHTS

A few new line combinations paid big dividends for the Wings, who got two goals each by Danny Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom in an easy victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Coach Mike Babcock made changes to all but the top unit of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Holmstrom. Struggling forward Jiri Hudler played on the second line with Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen and Hudler had a strong game, setting up Filppula's goal. That trio played together quite a bit before Hudler left to play in Russia last season.

"Everyone knows each other, we've been playing together for a long time. Huds was away for a year but we know how he plays," said Franzen, who also scored. "Usually when you change it up a little bit, the line combinations, it gives the team a little bit of a spark, everyone goes a little bit harder."

It was exactly what Babcock was looking for, as the Wings jumped to a 3-0 lead and coasted.

"I thought that line was really good right off the bat. They had good energy and they got some spark," he said. "It's always nice for your goal scorers to score some goals, they feel good about themselves."

Todd Bertuzzi, who had been on the second line, played with Cleary and Mike Modano -- earning a pair of assists.

Dustin Penner and Theo Peckham scored for Edmonton, which is 4-25-3 on the road since mid-December of last year. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots.

"This is an absolute legit contender for the Stanley Cup," Edmonton coach Tom Renney said. "They've got eight, nine or 10 plus players on their team. We're working on half a dozen."

Canucks 6, Senators 2HIGHLIGHTS

Alain Vigneault's 300th NHL coaching victory was one of his easiest. Ryan Kesler scored twice and Vancouver's big line of the Sedin twins and Alex Burrows combined for six points as the visiting Canucks blew the game open in the third period.

Burrows, who had a big season riding shotgun with the twins in 2009-10, had a goal and an assist -- his first points in five games since returning from off-season shoulder surgery. His goal 33 seconds into the third period made it 3-1, and Kesler scored 38 seconds later to make it a three-goal game.

"It means a lot," Henrik Sedin said of having last season's top unit back together. "It has a trickle-down effect on the whole team. If he can play with us, you've got the second line together and you've got a third line that has been really effective for us, and if you can keep them together, too, it's tough for teams to match up against us."

Vigneault became the 39th NHL coach to reach 300 wins. He has 191 with the Canucks.

"Obviously for 300 I'm happy about that but I'm more happy about the two points we got tonight," said Vigneault, who won 109 games with Montreal from 1997-2000.

Ottawa, which got goals by Peter Regin and Sergei Gonchar, saw its four-game winning streak terminated decisively.

"It was a good hockey game for 40 minutes," center Jason Spezza said. "We just gave them too many quality chances."

Thrashers 5, Wild 1HIGHLIGHTS

Atlanta got goals from five players and 32 saves by Ondrej Pavelec in its best performance of the season, routing the Wild at Philips Arena.

For NHL.com's complete story, click here.

Sharks 2, Islanders 1 (SO)HIGHLIGHTS

The Islanders got their first point in nine games by getting to a shootout, but the Sharks got the extra one when Logan Couture and Dan Boyle scored in the penalty-shot tiebreaker.

New York had lost eight consecutive games in regulation without leading at any point during that span. PA Parenteau gave the Isles their first lead since they edged Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime three weeks ago when he beat Antero Niittymaki with a 40-foot wrister 4:51 into the second period.

Boyle tied it at 14:28, beating Dwayne Roloson with a slapper from inside the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play. It was the only one of San Jose's 38 shots during regulation and overtime to beat Roloson, who allowed two goals or less for the sixth time this season -- but has won only two of those games.

"He had a big game for us, especially in the second period when we got into penalty trouble," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "That's when he was at his best. They’re a pretty dynamic offensive team, and even though we didn't have the territorial play, we did outshoot them in the third period, and we didn't give them a lot even though they kept coming."

Couture and Boyle both scored on backhanders. Parenteau and Frans Nielsen couldn't beat Niittymaki.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan isn't a big fan of the shootout, but he's not about to give back the two points.

"We haven’t been scoring a lot of goals; obviously it took to the end of the shootout, but two points are in the bank and it hasn’t been happening often enough so we’ll take it tonight," he said.

The Sharks outshot the Islanders 18-7 in the second period, but the third period and overtime were choppy, with neither team able to generate any consistent offense.

"We've got to find a way to finish," center Joe Pavelski said. "Our execution still isn’t where it needs to be."

So do the Islanders, who have just seven goals in their last seven games.

"There are some things that we are doing a lot better, but scoring has obviously been a problem for us," Gordon said. "Overall, I think we need to do a better job of getting the puck to the net."

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

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild