Today began a busy week as the Stars have four games on schedule this week, two at home and two on the road. Tonight’s game in Nashville was the first of a back to back roadtrip, this is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Predators. The Predators came into tonights game on a bad scoring drought and would look to turn it around. Dallas on the other hand has been scoring on a consistent basis and looked to make good tone setter for the week, but bad penalties and late game magic from Nashville cost the Stars tonight.
Nashville opened the game winning many face-offs and establishing their well recognized defensive style. They made the work load light for starting goalie Pekka Rinne as he only faced six Dallas shots in the period and didn’t let one in. Cristopher Nilstorp started for the Stars and faced eight first period shots, allowing one goal at the 13:43 mark as Craig Smith beat Nilstorp for his second goal of the season. The first period ended with the Predators ahead 1-0.
The Stars came out scoring in the second period as it only took one minute and twenty seconds for the Stars to tie the game as Matt Fraser netted his first career goal. Twenty-five seconds later Reilly Smith scored his third goal of the season. It didn’t take Nashville long to respond as at the 3:05 mark Roman Josi fired a slapshot past Nilstorp to tie the game at two. Soon after the Predators found themselves in penalty trouble. Dallas capitalized as they scored on two of the three minors taken by Nashville. Vernon Fiddler scored his first of the season on the powerplay and just under two minutes later Loui Eriksson followed up with his fifth goal of the season. Dallas seemed to have control of the momentum until late in the period some undiscipline behaviors by Vernon Fiddler started some penalty trouble for the Stars and Nashville capitalized as Patric Hornqvist scored his second goal of the season to cut the Stars’ lead to one ending the second period with the Stars ahead 4-3.
Glen Gulutzan looked to keep his team’s discipline for the third period as they were hanging on to a one goal lead and were playing well with the lead, until the 8:22 mark of the period when Mike Fisher split between Alex Goligoski and Jamie Oleksiak and slipped the puck past Nilstorp for his 200th career goal and tying the game at four, forcing overtime.
It only took Nashville 28 seconds and one shot to down the Stars in OT as Roman Josi scored his second goal of the game and helping Nashville complete a comeback defeating the Stars 5-4.
- Congratulations to Matt Fraser who scored his first goal on his first shot of the season, in his second career NHL game.
- Not a great night for the first line as Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr were -2 and Jamie Benn was a -3.
- Michael Ryder is hot right now after pushing his point streak to six games registering nine points in his last six including three assist tonight.
- Vernon Fiddler’s powerplay goal tonight was his first since the 2008-2009 season when he was a member of the Nashville Predators.
- Official three stars of the game chosen by Nashville Media: 1. Roman Josi 2. Michael Ryder 3. Patric Hornqvist
- The Stars will travel to Ohio overnight and take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday, puckdrop at 6:00 pm