The Nashville Predators needed this one. And two young defensemen gave it to them.
In front of 19,063 at Canadian Tire Centre, the Preds beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves en route to his first victory since October 19. Nashville is now 24-2-5 when they score three or more goals this season.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Preds mounted a three-goal lead headed into the third period.
Nick Spaling continued his career year by bagging his 12th of the season midway through the second. Michael Del Zotto received a pass from Colin Wilson behind the Sens net and fired a shot from the blueline. Spaling, cutting in front, got his stick down in time and gave the Preds a 1-0 lead.
It was Nashville’s first goal in 137:52.
Exactly midway through the contest, the puck crossed the Ottawa goal line again, this time thanks to a tip by Craig Smith. In nearly a carbon copy of the first goal, Mattias Ekholm took a shot from the blueline and Smith was able to get ...