RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- With all five of their seasons under .500, the
Nashville Predators haven't made much noteworthy history.
That's starting to change.
Scott Hartnell scored 3:30 into overtime for a 2-1 victory Wednesday night
over the Carolina Hurricanes, extending the Predators' winning streak to a
team-record five games.
"It's nice to be a part of some history," said goaltender Tomas Vokoun,
who stopped 40 of 41 shots. "Our team is a young team and we don't have a lot
of records set. That's a lot of wins to put together in this league. It's a
great momentum builder."
Nashville improved to 9-2 in its last 11 and is one of the hottest teams in
the Western Conference.
"It's fulfilling that we've done something special as a group," coach
Barry Trotz said. "But we haven't done anything yet. We can be all excited
about winning, but you've got to keep everything in perspective.
"We'll exhale after game No. 82 and then we'll see where we are."
Hartnell's eighth of the season came off a nice pass from defenseman Marek
Zidlicky and deflected off his left skate and past Kevin Weekes as Nashville
moved three games over .500.
"That's frustrating," Weekes said. "You never like getting beat like
that. You don't even like getting beat in practice that way."
David Legwand, who also assisted on the game-winner, scored after a Carolina
turnover by Nic Wallin 3:14 into the third as Nashville broke a scoreless tie.
Legwand's sixth also deflected off a skate and past Weekes. Both plays were
reviewed by the video goal judge, who ruled neither player kicked the puck in
"I think they're on to something," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.
Thirty seconds after Legwand's goal, Ron Francis dug out a centering pass
from Jeff O'Neill in a crowd and beat Vokoun to tie Brendan Shanahan and Stan
Mikita for 20th place on the NHL's goal-scoring list with his 541st.
Francis and Mikita slipped back into a tie for 21st when Shanahan scored
later Wednesday night in Detroit's 7-2 victory over Anaheim.
Four minutes after Francis' goal, Weekes came up with three key saves and
the Hurricanes were able to kill off a Nashville five-on-three advantage for
There weren't many good scoring chances through a scoreless two periods, but
the best two came within a two-minute span of each other.
Carolina's Radim Vrbata, who had three goals Saturday against Pittsburgh,
had a wide open net midway through the second but his stick was tied up at the
last second and he couldn't get off a shot.
Then, on Nashville's next shift, Greg Johnson hit the post to the right of
"That's a good, quick team," Maurice said. "I wouldn't have thought going
into this game we could have put up that many shots."