This week in Nashville Predators history saw a defenseman capitalize on a club-first, a smashing sweater was added to the team's attire and the Preds put on some shootout success. Take a look through the unforgettable moments that occurred during this week in seasons past.
November 18, 1999: Timonen converts first penalty shot in Predators history
Fans that watched the Nashville Predators on Nov. 18, 1999, caught not only the Montreal Canadiens in their second visit to the Music City but a little bit of everything from the home team, too. Nashville scored two shorthanded goals, a power-play goal, and the first penalty-shot goal in team history en route to a 6-1 victory in a fight-filled fracas.
The penalty-shot opportunity was the first in Nashville’s franchise history. Nashville netminders had faced two penalty shots during the team’s inaugural season of 1998-99, but it wasn’t until the team’s 99th game that the Preds got a turn. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen was dragged down from behind by Montreal winger Brian Savage while on a shorthanded breakaway. On his one-on-one attempt against Jeff Hackett, Timonen deked right and lifted a backhander over the sprawling Habs netminder to give Nashville a 3-1 lead.
"It was a weird feeling," Timonen said. "I was so happy yet so nervous. I never took a penalty shot at any level before. I didn't know I was going to the backhand when I took off. When the goalie came at me, I decided to go backhand."
November 21, 2001: Preds unveil third jersey with win over Blackhawks
A day before Thanksgiving in 2001, the Predators unveiled a new look that produced results. The squad was as “good as gold” in five seasons wearing its alternate uniforms, producing a 38-19-12 record, including a 21-3-2 mark in their final two seasons donning them.
The gold jersey featured an "animated" saber-tooth tiger logo on the crest of the uniform and a pair of tiger skulls on the shoulders. Third or alternate jerseys around the league were put on the shelf for the 2007-08 season due to the implementation of the new Rbk EDGE jersey system.
The night of the unveiling against Chicago, the Preds won a 4-3 thriller thanks to David Legwand’s go-ahead goal with just 12 seconds left in regulation. The wild Central Division matchup featured a goal in the final 20 seconds of each period – the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left in the first, Nashville’s Vitali Yachmenev tied the game at two with 19 ticks remaining in the second, and Legwand finished the job in the waning seconds of the third.
November 19 & 21, 2009: Preds win in back-to-back shootouts in Nashville
Anytime Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils were in town, it was likely that the contest would come down to the wire. Nov. 19, 2009, was no exception, as the Preds and Devils found their way to a shootout. Jason Arnott scored twice in regulation for Nashville against one of his former clubs in the Devils, but Zach Parise matched Arnott's production for his own squad.
Travis Zajac beat Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne in the breakaway showdown, but Mike Santorelli and Martin Erat solved Brodeur, earning the extra point for the Preds in a 3-2 contest.
Just two nights later, the Columbus Blue Jackets paid a visit to Smashville and special teams were key. Arnott and Erat each tallied power play goals in the affair, while David Legwand potted a shorthanded marker for the Preds in regulation. After a scoreless third period and overtime sessions, Rinne was called upon once again, this time facing Columbus netminder Steve Mason.
After Santorelli and Legwand beat the Jackets goaltender, Rinne denied Jakub Voracek to give Nashville their second-consecutive victory by way of the shootout, this time by a tally of 4-3.
The triumphs were the fourth and fifth wins in a seven-game win streak that the Preds rattled off between Nov. 12 to Nov. 25 of 2009.