Josi scores 2nd in OT as Predators beat Stars 5-4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blood oozed down Predators captain Shea Weber's face after a high stick clipped him close to his nose, though officials didn't call a penalty.
So his teammates helped him take out his pain on the Dallas Stars.
Roman Josi scored his second goal 28 seconds into overtime and the Predators rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat the Stars 5-4 Monday night in a wild game featuring several fights, six goals and Weber's bloodied face — all in the second period.
"There was a lot of blood," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
Dallas had just gone up 4-2 nearly midway through the second when Weber was caught with a high stick. Replays made it tough to tell if it was Predators forward Martin Erat's stick or Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr's stick inflicting the damage. Trotz hadn't seen a replay, but he said his players thought it was a Dallas stick that did the damage.
"They turned that sort of negative energy into real positive energy, and we fed off of that," Trotz said.
Weber finished with two assists, including on Josi's slap shot in overtime that helped Nashville end a two-game skid. Josi also had two assists as the Predators played their 10th OT game this season — an NHL high. They have earned a point in 14 of the 15 games they've scored a goal.
"I just tried to get it to the net," Josi said of his winner. "I saw three guys joined already so I tried to be the safety guy and back up a little. Sergei (Kostitsyn) made a great play to me and tried to get it to the net, and I think the Dallas defenseman tipped it."
Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist each scored for Nashville. The last two losses had been shutouts, and the Predators ended a scoring drought at 133:43 after threatening the franchise-worst drought that reached 176:18 on Feb. 13 in an overtime win over San Jose.
Rookie Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith scored 25 seconds apart within the first 2 minutes of the second, and Vern Fiddler and Eriksson each added a power-play goal as the Stars matched their season high within the first 9:21 of the period. Michael Ryder had three assists.
Nashville had lost four of its past five and needed a win before hitting the road for a three-game swing on the West Coast.
Fisher tied it at 8:22 of the third when he got the puck as he skated into the Nashville zone, split a pair of Stars and beat Cristopher Nilstorp with a backhander. Nashville wound up outshooting the Stars 31-24, including 11-4 in the third.
"There were some emotions and some good hits and a lot of energy," Fisher said. "It was a great game."
Smith ended Nashville's scoring drought at 133:43 when he snapped a shot from in front in a relatively quiet first period.
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