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Predators 6, Hurricanes 5 - OT

The Canes drop a tough one to the Predators at the PNC.

Roman Josi scores on a wrap around chance against the Hurricanes on Friday night at the PNC. (photo by James Jackson)

The Carolina Hurricanes were looking forward to their return to home ice after a long road trip but the Nashville Predators ruined their homecoming with a 6-5 overtime win at the PNC Arena.

It was a wide open game for the most part and Rod Brind’Amour was not entirely happy about it. His post game comments included-

“We didn’t have any jump. We were just late on everything, giving up lines, not tight on anything, and that’s why that looked like that. I give the guys credit for trying. We were just a little off, (not) sharp, and a little fatigued.”

It was the second game of a back-to-back for the team and their third game in four nights. Add the travel in that and there is not a lot of time for rest.

The goalies for both teams seemed to be fighting the game as well. Antti Raanta made 25 saves on 31 shots and Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves on 30 shots for the Preds.

Nashville started the scoring just five minutes into the game but Stefan Noesen tipped in a Jack Drury shot to tie things up. It was a powerplay goal for Carolina.

The Canes went on the man advantage once again and this time Tony DeAngelo wristed a shot past Lankinen to give the Canes a 2-1 lead after one period.

The second period was a wild one.

Three minutes and change into the second, Josi scored on a wrap around to tie the score again.

But the Canes scored twice in 19 seconds when Chatfield knocked one in from close and Aho rifled one in from the right circle area.

The game seemed like it might be in hand here with a two goal lead, but Ryan O’Rielly scored from in close to make it a one goal game again.

Martin Necas was the recipient of a bad pass by Nashville and he zipped in an unassisted goal to put the Canes back up by two.

Nashville then scored yet another goal before the end of the second and then tied the game in the third. The Canes had no answer.

Philip Forsberg would then find an opening and ended the game with the only shot in the extra period just 35 seconds into it.

Game Notes:

  • Brady Skjei led Carolina skaters with 24:19 of ice time.
  • The Canes won 58% of the faceoffs in the game but they did lose the one in OT which gave the Preds the all important first (and only) possession. Overall, Staal was 71% for the night.
  • Carolina was credited with 14 blocked shots and were led by Jaccob Slavin who had four.
  • Jarvis led the team with four hits. He looked banged up with a wrapped shoulder while being interviewed during the second intermission.

Next up will be the Capitals on Sunday evening.

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