Predators close out back-to-back with impressive win in Dallas.
Following a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, the Nashville Predators had a quick turnaround as they played visitor to the Stars in Dallas on Tuesday night. Just like in their win over the Bruins, the Preds jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held on for yet another win, this one by a count of 5-2.
With earning what was their third straight win, the Preds now sit atop the Western Conference standings at 18-7-3.
Kevin Fiala got the scoring going for the Predators as he lit the lamp during Nashville’s first power play chance of the night with just over four minutes left in the opening period. Fiala also scored against Boston on Monday night.
The Predators would take that 1-0 lead into the first intermission and what ensued in the second frame was special.
Cody McLeod started the Predators’ onslaught with his first goal of the season 2:48 into the period. Only 1:38 later Nashville grabbed a 3-0 lead as Pontus Aberg also scored his first of the campaign with an impressive wrist shot. Nashville was gifted another power play opportunity and Kyle Turris made Dallas pay on the man advantage making it 4-0. After the Preds’ power play connected yet again, Calle Jarnkrok made sure the penalty kill was shown some love as well as he scored a shorthanded goal to make it a 5-0 game with 4:54 left in the period.
Juuse Saros was also fantastic in the second period as the Stars out shot the Predators 20-7.
There were only two goals scored in the final period and both were scored by the Stars. Stephen Johns spoiled the Nashville shutout by scoring 1:27 into the frame while Jamie Oleksiak was credited with a goal that went in off of Anthony Bitetto’s skate with just 42 seconds left in regulation making it 5-2.
The Stars ended the night with 45 shots on net compared to only 32 from Nashville.