The shoot out goal by Ben Smith ended the draw between home team of Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals. The Predators were annihilated by Dallas Stars on Friday and the Capitals aren't the team who give ups on the road trips. The Capitals needed to win, racing to the spots as wild cards remaining to the play offs.
The Predators aren't very comfortable regarding penalty kill, there wasn't much depth in the Caps game either. Battle of big boys Alexander Ovechkin and Shea Weber? Weber had nice laser wrist shot, Ovie was -2 and 3 shots within 20 minutes, I bet he's able to drink more shots of vodka in the bar than hit the bar of the net. Clune was also seen on the ice, but for another type of hit, punching a rival player Wey. Rich Cluene of the Predators leads the league with the fights, 16. He and Wey, who received some punched, had sore jaw and felt on the ice, met their boxing gloves in season 2007-2008. Wey also missed to tie Patric Hornqvist who drove the net from the rebound and he didn't fail to score behind Halak's net.
The audience saw two goals scored by the players of each team - Troy Brower of the Caps and Patric Honqvist of the Preds. The Capitals were giving up the goal within 2 minutes scoring one themselves. Brower of the Caps recorded his first goal in the game at 4.17 in the first period. It didn't last for long as the Capitals for 29th time listened lullaby on the Mother's Day, slept well and the shock in the form of Hornqvist came 1 minute later. 1:1. Both players scored one goal each, but it was Smith's goal in OT who saved the skin of the Predators and made it worse for the Capitals regarding their play off dreams as Columbus squad is doing better and has a bonus of one more game.
Shea Weber showed his offensive skills as the defenceman but old veteran Hornqvist proved he has still a good sight of the predator, waiting for any fault of other side such as rebound and defensive hiccup by Beagle linked with his the first goal. When he spotted that the puck hit Backstrom's skate, he came on breakaway trip to greet Halak again and he succeeded. Again, at 18:30 in the second period, giving the Preds 2:1 lead. The chances shifted and it was Brower's turn after the Nashville squad took two penalties. His back hand shot passed the Hutton and made it 2:2.
Weber's laser blast found place in Halak's net at 8:23 in the third, 3:2. Not for long, Backstrom tied very soon. 3:3 and it was Smith's OT goal who saved the skin of the home team, 4:3.