NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators were potent on the power
Kimmo Timonen scored two power-play goals and assisted on a third in
Nashville's 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
The Predators were 3-for-7 with the man advantage, including two goals in
the third period. They scored three power-play goals in a game for the first
time this season.
"We talked about creating movement, attacking seams and getting traffic,"
coach Barry Trotz said. "We talked about getting back to the basics. Our power
play worked their penalty killers. All three of our goals were on wrist shots
in traffic. We were getting people in front of the net. The power play is all
about two-on-one situations and that was what we were getting the whole game."
Timonen leads the Predators in power-play points with 17 (five goals, 12
"Right now, we are a little gun-shy when it comes to the penalty kill,"
Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We're either going to have to make
wholesale personnel changes on the penalty kill or we're going to have to
change the way we do it."
Martin Erat broke a 2-2 tie at 7:19 of the third period, beating Sebastien
Caron through the legs.
Nashville's Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for his 81st career victory, tying
the franchise record set by Mike Dunham.
Pittsburgh's Rico Fata opened the scoring with 51 seconds left in the first
period, and Nashville tied it on Timonen's power-play goal midway through the
Tomas Surovy scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh with 3:16 left in the
second, and Timonen countered with his second power-play goal at 1:37 of the
"Our five-on-five game was not that good, but our power play bailed us
out," Trotz said. "We are finding ways to get wins even when all aspects of
our game are not working."
Nashville won for the third time this season when trailing after two
periods. The Predators are 5-1-1-1 against Eastern Conference teams.
"Being favored in a game hasn't happened to us too many times in our
history," Trotz said. "Games like this are a lot harder when your are
favored, especially against teams that you don't play a lot. But there is not
an easy game in this league. It wouldn't have been that big of an upset if we
had gotten beat."