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Nashville Predators 2, Ottawa Senators 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators 2, Ottawa Senators 4 FINAL
Nashville Predators 2, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators' fans are happy their team sticks together and can overcome a blown lead.

Peter Bondra scored with 7:01 left to lift Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Ottawa ended a two-game losing streak before a sellout crowd one night after combining with Philadelphia to set the NHL record for total penalty minutes in a game.

``The crowd was really supportive from the start, right when we got on the ice,'' said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who drew his second assist of the game on Bondra's goal. ``They were really into it and I think they appreciated what a lot of guys did last night and I think the crowd helped us and they gave us a lot of energy.''

Ahead 2-0 through two periods on goals by Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer, Ottawa blew its lead when Andreas Johansson and David Legwand scored to tie it 7:09 into the third.

Bondra, who assisted on Schaefer's power-play goal which gave the Senators a two-goal lead in the second, restored Ottawa's lead when he scored for the second straight game at 12:59.

``We kind of put ourselves on our heels after they scored a couple of goals but we stayed with our gameplan and we finished strong,'' Bondra said. ``We should take something positive from that.''

Marian Hossa scored into an empty net as the Senators drew even with Toronto atop the Northeast Division with 86 points. The Maple Leafs, who lost to Buffalo, have 37 wins _ one more than the Senators.

Ottawa backup Martin Prusek made 25 saves to remain undefeated in five starts (4-0-1). Prusek played the final 1:45 of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers after Patrick Lalime was ejected during the brawl-filled final minutes.

Steve Sullivan set up both of Nashville's goals, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots.

``We showed a lot of team spirit,'' Vokoun said. ``We came out in the third period and we were down 2-0 and we scored a couple of goals. We were right back in the game but unfortunately they scored with seven minutes to go and that killed us.''

The Predators, sixth in the Western Conference and vying for their first playoff appearance, have lost twice in six games (3-2-1).

``We were right there in the thick of things with less than 10 minutes to go and that's where we have to learn bear down and not give up goals like that,'' Sullivan said. ``Points are precious and we're in too deep into a dogfight to be giving up points like that.''

Nashville drew within 2-1 when Johansson scored on a five-on-three on a pass from Sullivan, who hit the post moments earlier.

Sullivan, who had three points in Thursday's 9-4 win in Pittsburgh, assisted on Legwand's tying goal at 7:09.

Sullivan has seven goals and 11 assists in 10 games with the Predators since being acquired from Chicago on Feb. 16.

Both Senators goals were the result of deflections. Fisher tipped Alfredsson's point shot past Vokoun 8:16 in. Schaefer redirected Brian Pothier's shot for a power-play goal 3:55 into the second.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:16
OTT
Mike Fisher (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (41)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
03:55
OTT
PPG - Peter Schaefer (14) ASST: Brian Pothier (3), Peter Bondra (19)
2 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
01:53
NSH
PPG - Andreas Johansson (8) ASST: Steve Sullivan (38), Marek Zidlicky (32)
2 - 1 OTT
07:09
NSH
David Legwand (16) ASST: Scott Walker (34), Steve Sullivan (39)
2 - 2 Tie
12:59
OTT
Peter Bondra (25) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (42)
3 - 2 OTT
19:38
OTT
EN - Marian Hossa (30) ASST: Josh Langfeld (10)
4 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:37
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Slashing against  Antoine Vermette
05:28
OTT
Todd Simpson  Tripping
15:57
OTT
Todd Simpson  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
2nd Period
02:33
NSH
Andreas Johansson  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
3rd Period
00:24
OTT
Bryan Smolinski  Tripping against  Mark Eaton
01:45
OTT
Shane Hnidy  Cross checking against  Steve Sullivan
19:47
OTT
Peter Bondra  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 30TOI: 59:12
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Martin Prusek
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0