NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each scored power-play goals in the second period as the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Tuesday night for their second straight win.
Ellis tied it up at 5:17 of the second with his goal, then he had an assist on Arvidsson’s power-play goal midway through the period. Colin Blackwell also scored as Nashville split the season series with the Senators.
Juuse Saros made 33 saves and now is 8-3-0 over his last 12 appearances.
Thomas Chabot and Filip Chlapik each scored for Ottawa. Coach D.J. Smith pulled goalie Craig Anderson with 2:44 left, but Anderson had to return for a face-off with 30.8 seconds left after the Senators took their timeout. He skated off with about 20 seconds left, but the Senators couldn’t force overtime.
The Predators have earned at least a point in six of the last seven games. They’ve now won the first two games of a five-game homestand after struggling in Nashville most of this season.
The Senators played their second game in as many nights after losing 4-3 in overtime Monday night in Columbus and their second since trading away top scorer Jean-Gabriel Pageau to the New York Islanders. They did get right wing Bobby Ryan back for his first game after missing 42 games in the joint NHL/NHL Players Association assistance program Nov. 20 to deal with an alcohol problem.
Ottawa opened the game quickly with Chabot scoring at 4:16 after going to the penalty box for high-sticking Craig Smith within the first minute. Nashville tied it up 20 seconds later when Blackwell scored from the right edge of the crease. But the Senators outshot Nashville 17-9 in the first, and Chlapik scored off a rebound of a shot by Rudolfs Balcers late in the period for a 2-1 lead.
Ellis beat Anderson with a wrister from the top of the left circle, tying it at 2. The Senators had a chance to take the lead when Chris Tierney put the puck over the net on a short-handed breakaway. Arvidsson responded within a minute, scoring at 9:43 to put Nashville up 3-2 by batting the puck in after it bounced off his legs in the crease.
Nashville is 27th in the league on the power play, and this was the first time since the first period of the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 that it has had two power-play goals in the same period. The Predators lost that game with Ellis knocked out for 20 games by a hit to the head from Corey Perry. This was the defenseman’s third game back and his first goal since returning.
NOTES: The Predators scratched goalie Pekka Rinne due to illness and recalled goalie Connor Ingram from AHL Milwaukee on an emergency basis. … Blackwell now has a three-game point streak, the first of his career with a goal and two assists. … Nashville improved to 8-17-4 when allowing the first goal. … Nashville improved to 19-2-3 when leading after two periods. … Ottawa now is 4-5-3 this season in the second of back-to-back games.
Ottawa starts a two-game homestand Thursday night against Vancouver.
Predators hosts Calgary on Thursday night.
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