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10th:Timonen converts first penalty shot in Predators history

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
November 18, 1999

Fans that visited the Sommet Center on November 18, 1999 to catch the Montreal Canadiens in only their second visit to the Music City saw a little bit of everything from the home team.  Nashville scored two shorthanded goals, a power-play goal, and the first penalty-shot goal in team history en route to a 6-1 victory in a fight-filled fracas.

The penalty-shot opportunity was the first in Nashville’s franchise history.  Nashville netminders had faced two penalty shots during the team’s inaugural season of 1998-99, but it wasn’t until the team’s 99th game that the Preds got a turn.  Defenseman Kimmo Timonen was dragged down from behind by Montreal winger Brian Savage while on a shorthanded breakaway. On his one-on-one attempt against Jeff Hackett, Timonen deked right and lifted a backhander over the sprawling Habs netminder to give Nashville a 3-1 lead.

"It was a weird feeling," Timonen said. "I was so happy yet so nervous. I never took a penalty shot at any level before. I didn't know I was going to the backhand when I took off. When the goalie came at me, I decided to go backhand."

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