Enjoy this look back at what happened during this week in seasons past of the Nashville Predators:
November 3, 2011: Pekka Rinne celebrates birthday, new contract; records shutout:
On his 29th birthday, goaltender Pekka Rinne signed a seven-year, $49 million contract, locking him up through the 2018-19 season. He then proceeded to shut out the Phoenix Coyotes later that night, stopping 35 shots in a 3-0 victory.
“Today’s signing is further evidence of our ownership’s commitment to keeping our core intact,” Predators General Manager David Poile said after the deal. “This is the first step of a process designed to retain our key players and leaders. Pekka has grown with our franchise, just recently established our franchise record for career shutouts and is now recognized as one of the game’s elite players. We’re thrilled to know that he will be backstopping our franchise for several years to come.”
November 5, 2011 – Preds comeback to best Sharks in OT:
David Legwand opened the scoring for Nashville just 1:02 into the second period, before San Jose rattled off three straight tallies. Logan Couture put the Sharks up 3-1 with less than a minute gone by in the third frame, but it wasn’t long before the Preds had evened the score. Patric Hornqvist scored just over two minutes after San Jose’s marker, and defenseman Ryan Suter converted on a power play opportunity with assists from Martin Erat and Shea Weber.
The score remained deadlocked at three as the two squads went to overtime. At 2:53 of the extra session, the man who opened the scoring put an exclamation point on the evening. Legwand tallied his fifth of the campaign and second of the night, beating Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi to give Nashville the 4-3 victory. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves on the night for the Predators.
It was the club’s fifth win in seven games and victory number seven out of an eventual 48 that season. Some of the Predators in the lineup that night included Blake Geoffrion, Brian McGrattan and Colin Wilson.
November 8, 2003: Three third-period goals pushes Preds past Wings; starts playoff run:
Over the course of an 82-game season, it’s not very often that a team can point to one game as a defining moment. For the 2003-04 Nashville Predators, however, it goes back to one November night at the Joe.
The Predators staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in franchise history in the most unlikely of places, rallying from a 3-0 deficit with four scores in the final 20 minutes. It became a 4-3 win in regulation at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, a place where Nashville had posted a record of 1-10-3 in 14 all-time trips up to that point.
The first of four third-period goals came from the stick of Vladimir Orszagh at 6:47, energizing the Nashville attack. The Predators began to funnel players to the net, creating traffic, and Nashville fired a total of 20 shots on Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph in the third. Martin Erat scored at 11:57, Scott Hartnell tied the game at 16:26 and Scott Walker notched the game-winner, completing the comeback with just 57 seconds remaining.
"It's as well as we've played for a short period – 20 minutes," former head coach Barry Trotz said. "That might be our best period for passion, determination and those things. The guys were determined they were going to make something happen."
After a slow start to the season had put the Preds into a 4-8-1 hole, the victory over the Red Wings sparked a run of 10 wins in their next 12 games and vaulted Nashville towards the first playoff berth in franchise history.
"We came out and played an unbelievable period," goaltender Tomas Vokoun said. "It just shows that we have it in us."