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Instant Analysis: 82 Seconds to Victory

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
A New First For The Preds

J-P Dumont netted the game-winning goal with a pin-point snap shot into the far upper corner at 14:37 of the third period, but it was an 82 second flurry earlier in the game that set the tone for the Nashville win. Colin Wilson closed out the first period with a goal at the 19:27 mark and Martin Erat tallied 49 seconds into the second period to give the Preds a 2-0 lead over the Red Wings.

With the lead, Nashville clamped down in five-on-five play and supplemented it was a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the penalty kill to earn a 3-2 win at Detroit. The Red Wings ratcheted up their shot total over the final two periods, but had a limited number of dangerous scoring chances. Detroit's only goals came on a great shorthanded effort by Pavel Datsyuk and then a six-on-five extra attacker score in the waning seconds of regulation.

That 82 second spurt (in game time – in real life, with the intermission break, the goals were closer to 20 minutes apart) marked a franchise first. Never before had the Preds scored a goal in the final minute of one period and followed it with a score in the first minute of play the next period. And the rare occurrence had yet to be accomplished by any team in the NHL this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to match the accomplishment was the Anaheim Ducks back on March 19 of last season with a goal at 19:28 of the third period and then 14 seconds into the overtime for a win over the NY Islanders.

More importantly, the late first period and early second period strikes give Nashville points in six consecutive games to pop into the top-eight in the Conference. Now the Preds return home for three games with a chance to strengthen their playoff positioning in the parity-tightened Western Conference.
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