Josi scores 2nd in OT as Predators beat Stars 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm •  Published: February 25, 2013
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The action cranked up in the second with six goals combined, fights, and that high stick leaving Weber with blood dripping down the left side of his face in his 500th career game. The blow dropped Weber to the ice, and he lost his stick. But he wound up checking Stars forward Matt Fraser at the boards before heading to the bench.

"Emotionally that sometimes can be very good," Trotz said.

Dallas had scored at least three goals the previous nine straight games, and the Stars took a 2-1 lead as Fraser got his first career goal on a slap shot from the left circle at 1:20. Then Reilly Smith tipped the puck over goalie Pekka Rinne's left leg at 1:45 for a 2-1 lead.

Trotz immediately took his timeout, and the Predators responded when Josi tied it at 2 with his slap shot near the blue line at 3:05.

The Predators were trying to kill a holding penalty on Erat when the Stars drew a delayed penalty off a high-stick by Fisher, and Fiddler, coming on as the extra attacker, scored on a slap shot at 7:29.

With Fisher drawing a double minor, the Stars' man advantage continued, and Erikkson scored with the puck redirected past Rinne by Josi at 9:21.

"It's never over with these guys," Stars forward Stephane Robidas said.

The Predators trimmed the lead when they went 1:21 with of a 5-on-3 after Eric Nystrom went to the box for fighting with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Then Fiddler got his own double minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing. Nashville had only 2 seconds left when Hornqivst lifted a backhander over Nilstorp at 13:43 to pull the Predators within 4-3.

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't happy with how his Stars reacted to being up 4-2.

"We needed to stay disciplined," Gulutzan said. "After the double minor for high sticking, they are going to look for something on you and you can't give up a 5-on-3. You can't take that penalty. We just didn't have a game feel. We let them in, and we got them excited. We needed to make sure we closed them out."

Notes: Weber is the sixth to play 500 games for the Predators. He joined David Legwand Martin Erat, Kimmo Timonen (now in Philadelphia) and Ryan Suter (Minnesota). ... Fisher's goal was the 200th of his career. ... Kostitsyn now has five points in his last six games (1 goal, 4 assists). ... With D Aaron Rome out with a foot injury, the Stars brought back 6-foot-7 rookie Jamie Oleksiak from the AHL's Texas Stars. ... Nashville now is 8-0-5 when scoring first.