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Smithson and Weber enjoy OT win

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

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Smithson and Weber enjoy OT win
Jerred Smithson and Shea Weber - heroes from Nashville's Game 5 win over the Ducks - enjoyed Predators' first OT playoff win in franchise history.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was a night of firsts for the Nashville Predators – first overtime playoff win, first Game 5 win and the first time the Preds have won as many as three games in a series.

The two heroes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Captain Shea Weber, whose goal with 35.3 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 3-3 and forced overtime, is the Preds' captain and an All-Star. Jerred Smithson, who scored the winning goal 1:57 into OT to give Nashville the 4-3 win at the Honda Center on Friday night, is the prototypical Predator – a hard-working grinder who's more likely to be stopping an opponent from scoring a goal than putting the puck in the net himself.

Both spoke with the media after the Game 5 victory.

Jerred Smithson

Q: This was the biggest goal in Preds history?

A: I've never really thought of that. I went to the net and I'm going to give my linemates all the credit. They created that opportunity and Toots (Jordin Tootoo) made a great pass. Anyone in that position just wants to get it off quick and hit the net and it found a way into the back of the net.

Q: What does it mean to you?

A: It feels great. It hasn't really sunk in yet. Any way I can contribute. I don't score a lot of goals, but I take pride in the faceoff circle and try help out the team in other ways. But to contribute offensively definitely feels good.

Q: When was the last time you scored a playoff overtime goal?

A: Minor hockey? It's been a long time. Like I said, I don't get too many opportunities -- but it's definitely something that feels pretty good.

Q: How much energy did you guys get from Weber's goal?

A: It was huge. We've got a lot of heart in this locker room and a lot of belief. It was a great faceoff win by Fish (Mike Fisher), and Webbs getting the shot off quick and finding a way to tie it up was a huge momentum boost. In overtime, my linemates did all the work.

Shea Weber

Q: You're known for the cannon (slap shot), but you got it done with the wrister?

A: Yeah. It just found a way in. Sometimes it doesn't have to be hard. Just get traffic and it goes in.

Q: Is it just one of those things – 35 seconds to go and everybody is expecting the Ducks to walk out of there with a W and then, bang?

A: It's just one of those situations. We have character in this room and we found a way to battle back and win it in overtime.

Q: Sixteen shots on net in the third period. Was the message from the coaching staff, ‘Stop messing around and start firing the puck'?

A: Without a doubt. First things first -- we've got to get it down low in our end. Once we get it down, we've just got to get shots and opportunities.

Q: You have a chance to eliminate them in your building?

A: It's one more game. They're not going to lie down here. They're going to come out with their best effort just like they have. We've got to make sure we're ready.

Q: Talk about the way the Smithson-Tootoo-Spaling line played tonight?

A: They're great. A lot of times they don't get as much credit as they should because they're just shutting guys down and not scoring a whole lot of goals, and tonight they scored the biggest goal of the season so far.

Quote of the Day

Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals