The Nashville Predators outshot another opponent. This time, Jason Arnott made sure they also had the advantage on the scoreboard, too.
Arnott scored 7 seconds into the third period, and the Predators snapped a five-game skid by holding off the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 on Saturday night. Call it a welcome win for a team that just staggered home off a four-game trip, losers of five straight in regulation despite outshooting their opponents in each game.
“As harsh and ugly as it looked at the time, the beauty of the thing was we gutted it out and found a way to win, and that’s real important,” coach Barry Trotz said.
Arnott provided the difference scoring his first goal since Jan. 2. Cody Franson fed Arnott the puck off the opening faceoff, and the captain skated up and snapped a shot past Johan Hedberg for his 13th this season to put the Predators ahead to stay.
“It was Franny’s call,” Arnott said. “He came up to me before the draw and said, `If we win it, bust up the middle and I’ll hit you,’ and he did. And it just happened so fast. It’s nice to get back on the winning track though. That’s the main thing now and just keep it going.”
Joel Ward and Martin Erat each had a goal and an assist, and Jerred Smithson added a goal.
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