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Shea Weber, Canadiens defeat Predators in overtime

Defenseman ties game in return to Nashville, Max Pacioretty scores in OT

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Shea Weber tied it early in the third period, and Max Pacioretty scored with 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

It was Weber's first game in Nashville since the Predators traded him to the Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29. He played 11 seasons with the Predators and was captain the last six.

"There's different emotional games, this was definitely one of them," Weber said. "Obviously started [Monday] with getting here and going to the hotel and seeing old friends and stuff. Glad we got it done."

 

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Alexander Radulov had the puck behind the Predators net and found Pacioretty in the left faceoff circle for a shot that beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to win it for the Canadiens (23-9-6).

"I thought that Montreal was skating really good tonight," said Rinne, who made 41 saves. "I'm sure they wanted to play for [Weber], and it showed. They were more desperate. We've been struggling with consistency, and that's one of the things that we're still looking for."

Weber tied the game 1-1 at 4:26 of the third period when he beat Rinne with a wrist shot from the slot. Radulov, who played for Nashville from 2006-08 and in the 2011-12 season, set up Weber's 10th goal.

"That was good, and I know he really wanted it," Radulov said. "He jumped in the play, and I saw him all the way. I actually didn't watch the shot because I was right in the lane behind the net, so just in case he missed it, my head was there."

Video: MTL@NSH: Fiala's backhand deflects in over Price

Kevin Fiala gave the Predators (16-14-7) a 1-0 lead with 53.9 seconds remaining in the second period. He broke into the Canadiens zone, and his backhand shot went off Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and past goaltender Carey Price for his sixth goal.

Price had 22 saves.

"We played a solid road game tonight," Weber said. "I thought we didn't give them much. Obviously, they got a little break on the goal, but [Price] made a couple big saves for us on a breakaway, and then a 2-on-1 or 3-on-2 where he slid across. He played well for us even though they didn't have a lot of great chances. They did have some good ones, and it was a great team effort."

Subban (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday and will be out at least 2-3 weeks.

Video: MTL@NSH: Price denies Arvidsson with strong pad save

 

Goal of the game

Weber got to the middle of the ice to receive Radulov's pass from the bottom of the left faceoff circle and beat Rinne with a wrist shot to the blocker side.

Video: MTL@NSH: Weber roofs a wrister in return to Nashville

 

Save of the game

Price denied Viktor Arvidsson on a breakaway with 3:39 left in the second period. Arvidsson chipped the puck into the neutral zone and got behind the Canadiens defense before trying a forehand-to-backhand move that Price stopped to keep the game 0-0.

Video: MTL@NSH: Price stretches to rob Arvidsson's breakaway

 

Unsung performance of the game

Predators defenseman Matt Irwin made a save in the final seconds of the second period. With Irwin down on his stomach in the crease, the puck was rolling toward the Predators net. Irwin knocked it away with his glove to keep the Predators ahead 1-0.

 

Highlight of the game

Pacioretty's goal in overtime came on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle that snuck between Rinne's pads. Radulov held off Predators defenseman Roman Josi and forward James Neal to get the pass to Pacioretty.

Video: MTL@NSH: Pacioretty uses quick release for OT win

 

They said it

"I didn't want to look at the video, to be honest with you. I was a little bit afraid that I might get emotional. Obviously, it meant a lot, it was really special. It was special to be back in this building where I spent a lot of years, and even better that we got the win." -- Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber on the tribute video the Predators played in the first period

 

Need to know

Pacioretty had a game-high 10 shots on goal and went 3-for-3 on faceoffs. … After starting the season 8-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators are 2-4-4 in their past 10 home games.

 

What's next

Canadiens: At the Dallas Stars on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, RDS, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

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