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This Week in Preds History: (Jan. 18 - Jan. 24)

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators

This week in Nashville Predators history includes overtime goals, hat tricks and a multiple, shorthanded marker performance. Take a look back at some of the most memorable tallies that the franchise has to offer.

January 19, 2001: Cale Hulse nets OT winner as Preds beat Boston in first OT win at home

Mike Dunham made 35 saves and defenseman Cale Hulse scored his first goal of the season at 2:24 of overtime to give the Predators their first extra-session victory in front of a hometown crowd.

Despite a scoreless regulation, the game did not lack action, as the teams combined for 57 shots, 10 power plays and countless scoring chances. Hulse provided the heroics with a backhander from the slot after receiving a pass from playmaker Cliff Ronning.

"You want to watch Cliffy," Hulse said. "He had that one defenseman chasing him down as he started to walk the floor. That opened me up. He made a great play to me, and I used my backhand, and it went in."

Nashville had played 15 previous overtime home games in team history, tying all but two of them. The club had also produced six road victories in sudden death before netting the victory over the Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. Dunham’s solid effort in net was the fifth white-washing in Predators history.

The win gave the Preds some momentum, as they went on to win three straight and seven of their next nine to kick the second half of the season off on the right foot.

January 19, 2008: Scott Nichol scores two shorties in the second

Known for his hard work, face-off prowess and astute penalty killing, Scott Nichol doubled his season goal output with a pair of shorthanded goals in the second period of a 5-2 win at St. Louis on Jan. 19, 2008, becoming the first and still the only player in franchise history to record multiple shorthanded goals in a period.

Nichol – hired as the Predators Director of Player Development in May of 2013 – increased his 2007-08 goal total by twofold in Nashville’s 47th game of the season with his fifth career man-down marker and fourth career game-winning goal at 5:34 of the middle frame, then capped a three-goal period by the Preds with another shorty at 19:41.

"It's nice when you can chip in that way because you're not really expecting it, especially with their power play." Nichol said. "You just want to try and kill (them) off. And we had a couple of good, lucky bounces. We'll take those. They seemed to be going the other way the last few games. It's nice for them to bounce in for us this time."

Nichol earned First Star honors not only for his goals, but his impressive 13-of-15 night in the face-off circle in 15:34 of ice time. Jerred Smithson assisted on both of the Edmonton native’s goals, as the Predators won the first of three straight – including two in a 48-hour span against the Blues – and six of eight, continuing their march to the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

January 20, 2007: Legwand posts first career hat trick

Eight-and-a-half years after joining the Predators organization as a 17-year-old youngster out of the Detroit suburbs, David Legwand posted his first career hat trick in a 6-3 rout of the Central Division foe Chicago at Bridgestone Arena.

Legwand’s third goal not only sent the hats flying, but vaulted him into sole possession of first place on the franchise’s all-time goals list with 97.

"Legwand played a terrific game," said Paul Kariya, one of his linemates. "He is one of the most effortless skaters I have ever seen. He has all the skills in the world. It is just a matter of him being consistent night-in and night-out in delivering those skills."

The night was just one of many highlights for Legwand in 2006-07, as he posted a career-best in goals (27), assists (36) and points (63). The team parlayed the performance into a four-game winning streak, their fifth streak of four or more consecutive wins during the record-setting season.

January 24, 2006: Kariya scores in OT, Preds sweep set in Detroit

Paul Kariya put a backhand shot past goaltender Manny Legace 35 seconds into overtime to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings and a sweep of back-to-back games at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators overcame a 1-0 deficit with a short-handed tally by Steve Sullivan midway through the second period and goaltender Tomas Vokoun was spectacular throughout, stopping 38 of 39 Detroit shots.

With the victory, Nashville improved to 31-12-6 on the season and matched the Wings 68 points which put them atop the Western Conference standings.

"We came in here and obviously we wanted to do well in here," former Preds Head Coach Barry Trotz said after the game. "It's sort of a mission accomplished in a lot of ways. Obviously we'd like to beat them in regulation so there was some separation, but hey, we were behind them when we came into their building and now we're tied with them, so that's an accomplishment."

The two-game sweep not only improved the Predators to 6-0-3 in their previous nine games, but set them up for the franchise’s best season against the rival Red Wings, finishing with four victories, three of which came in the Motor City.

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