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D-men go wild for 8 goals in Preds-Sens battle

by Dave Lozo
If you attend an NHL game and see eight goals, you've definitely received your money's worth.

But eight goals in a game by defensemen? You can't put a price on history like that.

Nashville's Shea Weber (2), Ryan Suter (2) and Cody Franson (1) and Ottawa's Chris Campoli (1), Anton Volchenkov (1) and Chris Phillips came together to help score an NHL record eight goals by blueliners as the Predators edged the Senators 5-4 in overtime Thursday. Fittingly it was Weber who scored the OT winner to help the Predators snap a six-game losing streak.

"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.

Entering the third period, the Preds appeared to have the game in hand. But the Senators erased a 3-0 deficit with goals in the first 8:10 of the third. Campoli got the comeback started with his first of the season, and Nick Foligno and Milan Michalek followed to suit to tie the score.

That's when it became a back-and-forth offensive battle between each team's defensemen.

Weber gave the Predators a 4-3 lead at 11:27. Volchenkov responded at 15:40 to make it 4-4. Then Suter gave the Preds a 5-4 lead with a minute to go, only to see Phillips force overtime with 2 seconds remaining with a backhander past goaltender Pekka Rinne.

That set the stage for Weber to score the game-winning and record-setting goal in overtime.

"That's a tough game to sum up in 30 seconds. A lot happened," Phillips said. "Obviously, not the start we wanted, but we battled back and lots happened in between there, a lot of goals scored."

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the old record for goals in a game by defensemen was seven, achieved in a Rangers-Capitals game on Dec. 4, 1992. Entering Thursday night's game, the Predators scored a mere 12 goals in eight games this season, so the offensive (defensive?) outburst was a welcome sight.

"Definitely not a defensive battle. It was a lot of offense, but we got two points and we're happy," said Weber.

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