Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Shea Weber shook off a back injury to
score a pair of goals, including the game-winner 1:29 into overtime, as the
Nashville Predators rallied for an improbable 3-2 victory over the New Jersey
Devils at Bridgestone Arena.
After David Legwand forced extra time by tallying with just 10.8 seconds left
in regulation, Weber -- a game-time decision coming into the contest --
converted on a 2-on-2 rush with Colin Wilson to give the Predators the two
Carter Hutton did his part as well by coming up with 24 saves, including a
game-saving stop on a breakaway from Michael Ryder mere moments before Weber
"This was a real good win for the team," said Weber. "We found a way and
battle hard. Tied it up and then we took our chance in overtime."
Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey,
which ended a 1-1-1 road trip on a down note. Cory Schneider finished with 30
saves in the loss.
"It's tough, two nights in a row, giving up a lead in the last minute," said
Schneider in referencing Thursday's 3-2 overtime win at Dallas, during which
the Stars tied the game with 51.5 seconds in regulation. "We should've had an
extra point tonight again."
With Schneider leading the way with a near-flawless performance between the
pipes, the Devils were on the verge of victory until a frantic attack with
Hutton pulled resulted in Legwand's equalizer with little time to spare.
The Nashville forward was perfectly placed to the right side of the New Jersey
net, and a long shot from teammate Roman Josi that was blocked in front came
straight to Legwand, who promptly fired the puck into an open side to knot the
score at 2-2.
Hutton kept it deadlocked by sticking out his right pad to stone Ryder in all
alone with 1:20 elapsed in OT. Shortly after the subsequent faceoff, Wilson
skated hard into the Devils' zone before dropping a pass to a trailing Weber,
who ripped a wrister into the top right corner for the clincher.
Nashville owned a 1-0 lead at the end of a first period it mostly dominated,
with Weber showing no ill effects from his recent injury by opening the
scoring 6:45 in.
Schneider failed to clear a puck out of his own zone and it was stolen away by
the Predators' Patric Hornqvist, who sent back a pass that Weber wound up and
rocketed past the New Jersey netminder for his first goal of the night.
The Devils surged ahead in the second period behind two of their established
veterans, with Elias and Jagr scoring nearly six minutes apart.
Elias' attempt while skating down the left wing bounced off Hutton's glove and
over the line with seven minutes remaining in the session. He later got the
puck to Jagr behind the Predators' net, and the 41-year-old sniper worked his
way into the slot before spinning around and firing a shot between Hutton's
pads 1:01 prior to the second intermission.
The Predators improved to 11-1-2 this season when Weber, who had never scored
in eight previous meetings with New Jersey, records a goal ... The Devils lost
for only the third time (7-1-2) in 10 lifetime visits to the Music City ...
Elias now has four goals in his last four games ... Jagr's marker was the
698th of his career ... The Devils assigned rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas to
Albany of the American Hockey League prior to the game.
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