Preds beat Canes 4-3 in double OT once more to tie sequence at 2-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators are discovering that neither a damaged stick nor back-to-back double time beyond regulation video games can cease them.

Not with the most important crowds for an NHL recreation this season behind them and goalie Juuse Saros in internet.

Luke Kunin scored his second aim at 16:10 of the second time beyond regulation after breaking his stick because the Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday, tying the sequence at 2-2.

Kunin broke his stick within the impartial zone and went to the bench the place gear supervisor Pete Rogers had a substitute prepared. Kunin then skated up the slot and beat Alex Nedeljkovic off a move from Mikael Granlund.

Nashville coach John Hynes stated they gave Rogers a spherical of applause within the locker room for having a stick prepared as Kunin neared the bench. After the alternate, Kunin took benefit of the Hurricanes not choosing him up.

“He is coming into the zone somewhat bit later, so it is fairly somewhat bit harder learn for his or her D to see him coming in late in that,” Hynes stated. “A heck of a play by Granlund to have the ability to discover him there.”

Saros made a franchise-record 58 saves to make sure this sequence will return to Nashville. Recreation 5 is Tuesday night time in Carolina.

“He’s a stud,” Predators heart Ryan Johansen stated. “He’s an enormous a part of our staff success and our success price in these final two video games. … He will preserve doing his factor, and we’re going to maintain relying on him.”

Johansen and Nick Cousins scored, and Mattias Ekholm and Mikael Granlund every had two assists.

This was the primary time each groups had gone to a number of overtimes in back-to-back video games in a sequence. Nashville improved to 5-3 profitable consecutive double time beyond regulation video games, whereas Carolina dropped to 1-7 total with one loss whereas nonetheless the Hartford Whalers.

“It has been a battle,” Kunin stated. “I assumed our staff received higher as the sport went on.”

Brock McGinn had his first two-goal within the postseason, and Vincent Trocheck additionally had a aim for Carolina. Jordan Martinook added two assists.

“It’s a troublesome tablet to swallow,” McGinn stated. “You by no means need to lose in time beyond regulation. You’re employed so onerous to get into double time beyond regulation there and to lose each of them, it’s not straightforward.”

The catfish had been barely carried off earlier than a raucous crowd when Nashville caught Carolina in a line change, and Kunin beat Nedeljkovic with a backhander by way of his legs at 57 seconds for his first this sequence. Trocheck tied it, batting within the puck off Martin Necas’ shot in a flurry round Saros at 18:03 of the primary.

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour complained about how his Hurricanes have been combating the refs after 14 penalties by way of Video games 2 and three. That they had twice as many energy performs because the Predators on this recreation, however went 0 for 4.

“I believe we have been the higher staff in that recreation,” Brind’Amour stated. “You need higher. You are feeling such as you deserve higher. It doesn’t work that means as we all know. We now have to, as a bunch, regroup and are available again. It’s cliché. What’s accomplished is finished. We’re shifting on.”

Johansen put Nashville again up 2-1 at 4:53 of the second, reaching round Matt Duchene to backhand the puck previous Nedeljkovic off the rebound of a shot by Duchene. The Predators had a uncommon 2-on-0 probability a pair minutes later, however Nedeljkovic stopped Yakov Trenin together with his proper pad.

McGinn tied it at 2 with with 1:55 left within the second. His slap shot from the surface fringe of the left circle went in off the far publish. McGinn missed the ultimate 19 video games of the common season with an upper-body harm.

He then gave Carolina its first lead at 3-2 with a wrister 13 seconds into the third, beating goalie Juuse Saros stick-side.

However the Predators, 1 of 17 on the person benefit on this sequence, tied it up on their first energy play on this recreation. Dougie Hamilton tripped Nashville captain Roman Josi, and Cousins redirected Erik Haula’s shot at 3:15 for his first profession playoff aim in his twenty fifth recreation after not dressing in Video games 1 or 2.

They received one other when Svechnikov went within the field at 5:15 for cross-checking however could not beat Nedeljkovic.

SAROS IN NET

The Predators goalie got here in having made 113 saves by way of the primary three video games of this sequence, essentially the most saves by a Nashville goalie by way of the primary three video games of a postseason. Saros tied the franchise-record with 52 saves in Recreation 3 and set it in Recreation 4.

He grew to become the second goalie since 1955-56 to make 50-plus saves in back-to-back playoff video games. Curtis Joseph had 61, then 57 for St. Louis at Toronto in 1993.

CENTURY MARK

Hurricanes ahead Jordan Staal performed his a hundredth profession postseason recreation.

CELEBRITIES ON HAND

Singer Carrie Underwood and her husband, former Predators captain, Mike Fisher, attended the sport. Taylor Lewan, left deal with for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, chugged a beer and yanked off his jersey throughout a standing ovation within the second interval.

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