Preda­tors end shootout drought

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Philadel­phia

The Nashville Preda­tors needed a lit­tle luck for their first shootout win of the sea­son on Mon­day night.

Filip Fors­berg got the ty­ing goal mid­way through the third pe­riod and Ryan El­lis had the only shootout tally, help­ing Nashville hand the Philadel­phia Fly­ers their sec­ond straight loss, 2-1.

The Fly­ers had won 10 straight be­fore los­ing to the Dal­las Stars on Satur­day.

Nashville got its first win in ex­tra time and El­lis his first suc­cess­ful shootout con­ver­sion this sea­son.

The Preda­tors were 0-5 in OT and shootouts.

El­lis’ goal stood be­cause Pekka Rinne stopped all three Philadel­phia at­tempts, in­clud­ing a sprawl­ing stop to end it against Jakub Vo­racek.

“I got lucky on the last one,” Rinne said. “He al­ready deked me out and I was just do­ing the snow­man. Luck­ily, he didn’t put it in.”

Rinne stopped 31 shots, and Steve Mason had 30 saves for Philadel­phia.

“There’s no ex­cuse,” said Mason, who played in his 200th game as a Flyer, fourth on the team’s ca­reer list.

“We’ve got to find ways to come back and have en­ergy and win a game.”

De­fense­man Andrew Mac­Don­ald scored for the Fly­ers mid­way through the first pe­riod.

Af­ter trail­ing 1-0 en­ter­ing the third, the Preda­tors tied it with 8:14 re­main­ing when Fors­berg planted him­self in front of Mason and redi­rected a point shot by Matt Ir­win for his fourth goal of the sea­son.

Fors­berg’s goal came on the Preda­tors’ 22nd shot and ru­ined Mason’s bid for his first shutout since March 5.

Rinne, mean­while, en­tered the game need­ing 11 saves to get to 12,000 in his ca­reer and he got there quickly, stop­ping 15 of 16 shots in the open­ing pe­riod.

“Pekka was phe­nom­e­nal for us,” El­lis said.

“I think it could have been a lot worse in that first pe­riod. He kept us in it. On the penalty kill, he made some big saves and some big blocks.

“If any­thing is go­ing to be suc­cess­ful, you are go­ing to need your goalie to be your best player. Tonight was no dif­fer­ent. Pekka was great. We fi­nally found a way to win a shootout.”

Mac­Don­ald got his sec­ond goal of the sea­son when Vo­racek threaded a back­hand pass through two Preda­tors to Mac­Don­ald at the right point. His shot ap­peared to hit El­lis in the arm, changed di­rec­tion and bounced past Rinne.

BRUCE BEN­NETT / GETTY IMAGES / AFP

Radko Gu­das of the Philadel­phia Fly­ers flat­tens Vik­tor Arvids­son of the Nashville Preda­tors dur­ing the third pe­riod of Mon­day’s NHL clash in Philadel­phia. The Preds de­feated the Fly­ers 2-1 in a shootout.

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