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Sullivan comes through in overtime for Nashville

Jan 10, 2007 - 5:58 AM
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators got off to a fast start but they needed a strong finish from Steve Sullivan to post an important victory.

Sullivan scored with 1:48 left in overtime to lift the Predators to a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Nashville (29-11-3) entered the game in first place in the Central Division and five points behind the Ducks in the chase for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Predators inched a point closer thanks to Sullivan and Kimmo Timonen.

Sullivan carried the puck into the Anaheim zone and was near the blue line when he slid a pass to Timonen, who was trailing the play. Timonen circled behind the Anaheim net and found Sullivan alone in the slot, where he fired the puck into a wide open net for the game-winner.

"I changed and Sullivan had the puck," Timonen said. "He made a nice play to me and I actually tried to pass to Arnott. I knew he was going to be in front, somehow it got to Sully and he scored."

"Kimmo came off of the bench, I was running out of options, and he's such a talented player," Sullivan said. "As forwards, we expect our defense are going to be jumping into the play. It is 4-on-4 hockey, you are just trying to jump into holes, lose your man and get a scoring opportunity. I knew (Bryzgalov) was down, so I tried to put it in the other side of the net. Arnie was in the way at the time, he moved, and it went in."

The Ducks, who have lost five of their last six, missed out on an opportunity to become the first team in the Western Conference to reach 30 victories. At 29-9-7, Anaheim has 65 points, four more than Nashville.

"We're trying to chase them in the conference, they're ahead of us in first place, and they are the best team in the NHL," Sullivan said. "For us to have such a great first period and such a bad second, there were some good things and some bad things we did tonight, we'll take all the good out of it and continue on."

Timonen also scored and Paul Kariya added a goal and an assist for Nashville, which led 3-1 after the first period. David Legwand and J.P. Dumont each added a goal for the Predators.

"The first period, we played outstanding. It might have been our best period of the year," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought we controlled things, we didn't give up anything."

Dustin Penner had a goal and an assist, Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf each tallied and Corey Perry had two assists for Anaheim, which scored three times in the second period to tie the game at 4-4.

"We can't afford to have these kind of starts," Selanne said. "When you put yourself behind the eight-ball right away, it is tough to come back in this league. In my mind, we played really poorly tonight. I don't think that we deserved to win tonight. There are 82 games, and you have to find your A every night. If you don't do that you are in trouble. That's what makes the difference in some players and some teams."

The game also marked the return of Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who had missed the last 21 games with a torn ligament in his left hand. He gave up a goal on the first shot he faced but finished with 27 saves.

"It obviously wasn't one of my greatest games, but thankfully we pulled it out at the end," Vokoun said. "It wasn't pretty, but we got two points, at least I can stay positive from that. It is not going to be easy to get back, but that is what the situation is. I'm going to try and get better as I go along."








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    ANAHEIM 1 3 0 0 4
    NASHVILLE 3 1 0 1 5 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - PAUL KARIYA 14 (MARTIN ERAT, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 3:53
    ANA - CHRIS KUNITZ 18 (COREY PERRY) 4:17
    NAS - DAVID LEGWAND 13 (MARTIN ERAT) 5:35
    NAS - KIMMO TIMONEN 8 (PAUL KARIYA

    Jan 9 10:42 PM


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    ANAHEIM 4
    NASHVILLE 5
    OT: NAS - STEVE SULLIVAN 13 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 3:12

    Jan 9 10:41 PM


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    ANAHEIM 4
    NASHVILLE 5
    OT: NAS - STEVE SULLIVAN 13 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 3:12

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ANAHEIM 1 3 0 4
    NASHVILLE 3 1 0 4 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - PAUL KARIYA 14 (MARTIN ERAT, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 3:53
    ANA - CHRIS KUNITZ 18 (COREY PERRY) 4:17
    NAS - DAVID LEGWAND 13 (MARTIN ERAT) 5:35
    NAS - KIMMO TIMONEN 8 (PAUL KARIYA, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 17:24
    2ND P

    Jan 9 10:34 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NASHVILLE 3 1 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - PAUL KARIYA 14 (MARTIN ERAT, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 3:53
    ANA - CHRIS KUNITZ 18 (COREY PERRY) 4:17
    NAS - DAVID LEGWAND 13 (MARTIN ERAT) 5:35
    NAS - KIMMO TIMONEN 8 (PAUL KARIYA, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 17:24
    2ND PRD

    Jan 9 9:44 PM


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    ANAHEIM 4
    NASHVILLE 4
    2ND PRD: ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 25 (ANDY MCDONALD, SHANE O'BRIEN) 17:30

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    ANAHEIM 3
    NASHVILLE 4
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) RYAN GETZLAF 18 (COREY PERRY, DUSTIN PENNER) 12:00

    Ducks vs. PredatorsJan 9 9:29 PM


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    ANAHEIM 2
    NASHVILLE 4
    2ND PRD: NAS - JEAN-PIERRE DUMONT 10 (JASON ARNOTT, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    7:14

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    ANAHEIM 2
    NASHVILLE 3
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) DUSTIN PENNER 16 (SCOTT NIEDERMAYER, RICHARD
    JACKMAN) 3:16

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ANAHEIM 1 1
    NASHVILLE 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - PAUL KARIYA 14 (MARTIN ERAT, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 3:53
    ANA - CHRIS KUNITZ 18 (COREY PERRY) 4:17
    NAS - DAVID LEGWAND 13 (MARTIN ERAT) 5:35
    NAS - KIMMO TIMONEN 8 (PAUL KARIYA, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 17:24
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    Jan 9 8:46 PM


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    ANAHEIM 1
    NASHVILLE 3
    1ST PRD: NAS - KIMMO TIMONEN 8 (PAUL KARIYA, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 17:24

    Ducks vs. PredatorsJan 9 8:43 PM


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    ANAHEIM 1
    NASHVILLE 2
    1ST PRD: NAS - DAVID LEGWAND 13 (MARTIN ERAT) 5:35

    Ducks vs. PredatorsJan 9 8:20 PM


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    ANAHEIM 1
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: ANA - CHRIS KUNITZ 18 (COREY PERRY) 4:17

    Ducks vs. PredatorsJan 9 8:17 PM


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    ANAHEIM 0
    NASHVILLE 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - PAUL KARIYA 14 (MARTIN ERAT, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 3:53

    Ducks vs. PredatorsJan 9 8:15 PM