Nashville Predators 3 Winnipeg Jets 2 OT –
After a game like this, the question is often about the extra point. Was it a point gained, or a point lost?
For Jets head coach Claude Noel and a number of players the thought was it was a point lost because after a very good start to the game, they could not maintain it for a full 60 minutes.
For other players, being down 2-1 and tying the game with three minutes left against a very good defensive team was a point gained.
The Jets controlled the early going, out-shooting the Predators 7-1, but a Shea Weber power play goal at 15:53 opened the scoring. The Jets have only scored the game's opening goal twice this season.
Anthony Peluso scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game at one. The goal came on a wrap around and was his first NHL goal.
In the third, Patric Hornqvist put home a rebound from the high slot to regain the lead for the Predators, until Blake Wheeler tied the game at 16:59.
For Wheeler it was his third of the year and he has now scored in back to back games.
The Jets got a late power play but did not register a shot on goal.
The Jets have now gone six games without a power play goal.
Last season they started with nine power play goals in the first nine games, before going through stretches of no PP goals in eight games and one in 16 games.
Craig Smith with his second goal of the year ended the contest at 4:43 of overtime in favour of the Predators.
Jets are now 1-1-1 on the road, with three more games on this Central Division trip that continues in Dallas, Saturday (TSN 1290). Jets are 4-5-2 overall on the season.
Byfuglien played over 30 minutes in the game and had six shots on goal in a losing cause.
The Predators are a very good face-off team, winning 66% of the draws.
"We had a solid first ten minutes," commented Noel post-game. "Text book. But could not sustain it. It's good we came back and got a point but the test is still to be consistent for 60 minutes. We play in spurts. First five minutes of the third we struggled. Bad puck management, no support. We need to take the next step, we're 11 games in. But we did some good things. Battled physically, got traffic to the net. We had a great north/south game going then wanted to play cute."
Jets were still minus Jim Slater, Jacob Trouba and Chris Thorburn due to injury, while Adam Pardy and Patrice Cormier were healthy scratches. James Wright slipped in the middle on the fourth line and played well.
Goaltender Carter Hutton has now stopped 72 of 75 shots in his two games against the Jets.
It's back to back for the Jets this weekend as they are in Dallas Saturday and Colorado Sunday before closing out the trip in St. Louis Tuesday.