The final week in January has seen several franchise marks set for the Nashville Predators. From the first overtime win in team history to J-P Dumont's 16-game point streak, see some of the historical moments that continue to define the franchise.
January 30, 1999: Sebastien Bordeleau scores in overtime; first Preds’ OT win
Playing a matinee game on Super Bowl Sunday 1999, the Nashville Predators made franchise history against the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. After battling back from an early, two-goal deficit, Sebastien Bordeleau netted the team’s first ever overtime winner at 2:43 of the extra session.
The comeback started at 4:13 of the second when Greg Johnson scored his 11th goal of the season to close the gap to one. Scott Walker assisted on the Johnson tally before potting one of his own at 11:35 of the third to send the game to sudden death.
The contest was also a statement game of sorts for Preds netminder Mike Dunham, his first against his former team, and mentor Martin Brodeur. Dunham was solid in his return to the Meadowlands, out-dueling Brodeur with a 27-save effort.
A victory against Buffalo 48 hours prior meant the Preds headed back to the Music City on a high, having recorded back-to-back road victories for just the second time all year.
January 31, 2008 – J-P Dumont’s point streak reaches 16 games
J-P Dumont picked up a pair of assists in a 4-2 victory over Columbus, extending his point streak to a franchise-record 16 games. At the time of the streak, it was the longest active scoring stretch in the NHL. The alternate captain slid a touch pass to Alexander Radulov just 23 seconds into the first period to pick up his first assist of the night. His second helper came 11:22 later on the power play when he hit Jason Arnott in the slot to extend the Preds lead to 2-0. Dumont ended the season with 43 assists and 72 points, tied for the third-highest total in franchise history.
The Montreal native’s streak earned him Second Star of the Month honors for January 2008, and a four-year contract, which was announced the following day.
“When I joined Nashville two years ago, my family and I fell in love with the city and the organization right away,” Dumont said at the time of his re-signing. “I never had a doubt that I made the right decision on the hockey side, and am looking forward to spending a lot of years here.”
January 31, 2012 – Season of comebacks defined in first game after the All-Star Break
In a season where Nashville rallied from two- or three-goal deficits to claim victory an NHL-high seven times, arguably the most dramatic came on Jan. 31, when the Preds scored four goals in the final 10:38 of regulation to top the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, at Xcel Energy Center. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but pushed Nashville’s record to 13-2-0 in 15 games since Dec. 28.
"They don't ask you how, but sometimes how many," former Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. "We weren't as good as we needed to be, but we found a way."
Playing their first game after the All-Star Break, Nashville fell in a 3-0 hole in the first 32 minutes of regulation, and trailed 4-1 by the 16-second mark of the third period. Despite facing a daunting three-goal lead, the Predators showed resiliency and began to storm back in the final minutes of the contest. Brandon Yip provided a spark when he hacked in a loose puck at the 9:22 mark of the third period. Patric Hornqvist showed likewise grit at 16:39 mark when he pounded the puck into the net in comparable fashion.
Mike Fisher then took over, scoring 21 seconds after Hornqvist to tie the game, then with 21 seconds remaining in regulation, flipping a seemingly harmless shot on net from behind the right circle that slipped underneath goaltender Josh Harding’s pads and sent a groan throughout the Xcel Energy Center.
"I just threw it to the net and just found a hole somehow. You never know. I think it surprised me as much as anyone," Fisher said.
"If you've ever been punched in the stomach really hard, that's pretty much what this one felt like,” said Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo.