The Nashville Predators
had lost five in a row and were struggling to score goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins
jumped to a 3-0 lead. Game over, right?
Not this time.
Nashville rallied for three second-period goals to tie the game, went ahead on Ryan Suter
's power-play goal 9:04 into the third and added an empty-netter by Greg Zanon
to stun the struggling Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night.
It was the Preds' first victory since a 3-2 win over Detroit on Dec. 26. Pittsburgh, which ended its own five-game losing streak by beating Atlanta on Tuesday, was stunned after its sixth loss in seven games.
"We didn't deserve to win the hockey game," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
, who set up his team's first two goals. "You can't cut corners, and for us we didn't play well enough throughout the whole game."
It looked like the Penguins were going to coast to an easy victory. Petr Sykora
fired Crosby's pass behind Dan Ellis
14:18 into the game, and goals by Jordan Staal
and Maxime Talbot
21 seconds apart made it 3-0 less than four minutes into the second period.