P.K. Subban and James Neal each registered a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 final on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The victory gives Nashville points in four straight games, bumping their overall record to 4-5-3 and their mark at home to 3-1-1, a complete effort the team has been seeking.
"We need to get some wins and we did a good job tonight," defenseman Roman Josi said. "We had a lot of chances. We played a really good game for three periods and got rewarded."
Video: OTT@NSH: Rinne robs Ryan in front with a pad save
Ottawa could've easily taken a 1-0 lead in the first period if it weren't for the flexibility of Pekka Rinne. Bobby Ryan almost took advantage of a turnover by the home club, but the Nashville netminder lunged to his left, and with a full extension, kicked his left leg into the atmosphere to get a piece of the puck and stone the Senator from the slot.
If not for that denial, and other stops in the frame, the Preds wouldn't have had the chance to open the scoring. And the rest is history.
"It was an incredible save," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "At the time, it was huge. You're waiting to see what's going to happen in the game and we're trying to take steps in the right direction and we really needed that save. We needed him to be a great player for us tonight and he was. For me, it's just more of what we've seen from him in the last four, five, six games. He's been really sharp."
Video: Coach Laviolette discusses the Preds' win vs. Ottawa
"Of course that gives you confidence, gets the crowd's response," Rinne said. "It's a big boost and you just battle to make that save and once in awhile you make that save. And I talked to Bobby Ryan afterwards and he wasn't too happy."
Video: Subban, Rinne lead Predators to 3-1 win over Senators
No one found a way to beat either goaltender through the first 20, but the Preds didn't waste any time once the second stanza commenced, and P.K. Subban had a hand - or two - in the way things transpired.
Subban's puck possession, which drew a penalty for starters, led to James Neal's third tally of the season less than a minute into the period. Then, just over three minutes after that, Subban's point shot found a way through traffic and past Craig Anderson for a 2-0 advantage. That was all Nashville needed.
"I thought he was good offensively," Laviolette said. "I see the offensive part of the game coming; the shots and attempts and trying to doing a good job to limit those things in our end… P.K. was real good, he got the puck well, out of our end well and got out of our end with speed and sometimes jumped into the offense. When we got to the offensive zone, I thought he did a good job picking and choosing his spots to add offensively."
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Video: Josi, Subban and Rinne discuss the win over Ottawa
A point of emphasis throughout the opening games of the season has been to produce a complete, 60-minute effort the Preds could be pleased with. Tuesday night marked one of those occasions, and their preparation and execution was rewarded.
With points now in four straight games, the Predators want nothing more than to continue show the type of potential they know they have up and down their lineup.
"We played a full 60 and key for us is our second periods," Subban said. "We've been having good starts and we seem to drop off in the second period. We didn't do that tonight, we got some big goals, some timing goals and I felt we just kept the ball rolling. We were just focused on our next shift, shift after shift… Now it's about parking it and getting ready for our next game. Start small."
Forward Pontus Aberg, who was recalled from Milwaukee on Tuesday morning, skated in his first career regular-season game, recording 14:20 of ice time.
Captain Mike Fisher missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
Filip Forsberg (0g-8a) and P.K. Subban (3g-5a) are now tied for the team lead in points with eight.
Nashville continues their homestand on Thursday night when they host the St. Louis Blues before the Anaheim Ducks visit Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.