The Dallas Stars, 7-3-1 in February, looked to continue its surge in Nashville as they went into the Bridgestone Arena to face off against the struggling Nashville Predators. It was a high scoring affair between them as the Stars lost in overtime to the Predators as Roman Josi scored his second goal in the game to give the Predators a 5-4 win.
Both the Stars and Predators struggled to create chances in the first period. The Stars almost made it 1-0 as Eric Nystrom had a beautiful chance as Vernon Fiddler fed him a beautiful pass but Pekka Rinne was faster with the pads and kept the game at 0-0 in the first period. The Stars were running around the net and looked like Vernon Fiddler didn’t even cover Rich Clune who got the puck around the net and passed it to Craig Smith who snapped it past Cristopher Nilstorp for a 1-0 Predators lead at the 13:41 mark in the first period.
It was a very feisty, intense second period as two Stars goals were scored 45 minutes apart as Matt Fraser tied the game up at 1-1 for his first NHL goal as he one timed it passed Rinne. Then Reilly Smith gave the Stars a 2-1 lead as he tipped in the puck that went past Rinne. The Predators tied the game up at 2-2 as Roman Josi bombed the puck past Nilstorp, who couldn’t see it at the 3:04 mark.
Vernon Fiddler, the former Predator, scored from the left circle after getting a beautiful pass from Jamie Benn with the Stars on the power play to make it 3-2 at the 7:29 mark. Then at the 9:21 mark Stars capitalized on the power play as Loui Eriksson fired one toward the net, deflected in by Josi to make it 4-2. While on a five-on-three power play, Patric Hornqvist backhanded the puck past Nilstorp to make it 4-3 Stars at the 13:43 mark.
In the third period, a defensive breakdown for the Stars caused the tying goal for the Predators as Mike Fisher split the Stars defense and goes to the backhand that went behind Nilstorp to tie it up at 4-4 at the 8:22 mark. Merely 28 seconds into overtime the Predators won 5-4 as Roman Josi scored when he slammed the puck past Nilstorp.
The next game for the Dallas Stars is tomorrow when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena for a 6pm start.
Stars: M. Fraser (01:20-2nd), Reilly Smith (01:45-2nd), V. Fiddler (PPG 07:29-2nd), L. Eriksson (PPG, 09:21 – 2nd),
Predators: C. Smith (13:43-1st), R. Josi (03:05, 2nd), P. Hornqvist (PPG 13:43, 2nd), M. Fisher (08:22, 3rd), R. Josi (00:28-OT)
Stars: Nilstorp stopped 26 shots out of the 31 shots he faced.
Predators: Rinne stopped 20 out of the 24 shots he faced.
Starting Line Up
Scratches: Antoine Roussel