The Nashville Predators spent over 21 fruitless minutes on the power play Sunday night before defenseman Kimmo Timonen capitalized when it mattered most, scoring on a 4-on-3 advantage to secure a 2-1 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues Sunday at the Scottrade Center.
Timonen's goal completed Nashville's second come-from-behind victory over the Blues in two nights. The Predators defeated St. Louis 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night after trailing 2-0. Nashville has now beaten St. Louis in each of the last 11 meetings between the two clubs. The Predators have now won four games in a row and are 22-8-3 overall this season.
The Blues capitalized on their first power play of the game to claim a 1-0 lead that stood over two-plus periods. Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis scored with 4:19 remaining in regulation to pull his team into a 1-1 tie and force overtime.
A high-sticking penalty to Blues forward Keith Tkachuk--his second of the night--put St. Louis down a man 1:33 into the five-minute, four-on-four extra session. Timonen took a pass from Paul Kariya and fired a 38-foot slapshot that beat stingy Blues goaltender Manny Legace for the win. Legace stopped 31 of 33 Nashville shots in the loss.
The Predators outshot the Blues 9-6 over the first 20 minutes, but Nashville went 0 for 4 on the power play. St. Louis went 1-2 with the man advantage in opening period, getting a goal from Lee Stempniak at 14:50 as blueliner Ryan Suter sat in the penalty box for hooking. Stempniak came down the left side and snapped a shot while using Predators defenseman Greg Zanon as a screen. The shot sailed over the shoulder of goaltender Chris Mason to make it 1-0.
Nashville was unable to convert on another six power plays over the final two periods, including 1:22 of a 5-on-3 advantage. St. Louis had only one manpower advantage in the second period but still managed to outshoot Nashville 13-7 in that 20-minute span. The Blues led in total shots through two periods 19-16 but Nashville poured on the pressure down the stretch. The Preds outshot St. Louis 13-4 in the final period and 4-0 in the sudden-death overtime session.
Next up for the Predators is another Central Division foe. Nashville travels to Chicago to face the Blackhawks Wednesday night. The team then returns home to close out the week with two games at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Thursday the Preds host the Buffalo Sabres (order tickets) and Saturday they host the Los Angeles Kings (order tickets).
NOTES: Paul Kariya assisted on Kimmo Timonen's game-winning goal to extend his point streak to four games. He has six points in that span (1g-5a) plus a game-deciding shootout goal... Steve Sullivan was credited with the secondary assist on Timonen's goal and now has points in three straight contests (3g-2a=5pts)... Sunday's game was only the second time this season that a defenseman has scored the game-winner for Nashville. Shea Weber's goal defeated Minnesota on Nov. 4... Predators rookie winger Alexander Radulov was hit hard by Dallas Drake early in the first period and left the game. He did not return... Kimmo Timonen's goal was Nashville's first 4-on-3 goal of the season... The Predators are 7-0-1 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.