|Date of game: 2/7/2015
Recap: Nashville vs. NY Rangers
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Ribeiro reached a milestone by scoring the go-ahead goal with 7:14 remaining in the third period as the Nashville Predators edged the visiting New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The tally was his 700th NHL point and helped the Predators rebound from Thursday's 5-2 loss to Anaheim that snapped a franchise-record, nine-game home win streak.
Roman Josi and Shea Weber had goals 41 seconds apart late in the second period for Nashville, which got 30 saves from Pekka Rinne. Rinne returned to action against the Ducks after missing eight games with a knee injury.
The Rangers are having to deal with the absence of their No. 1 goaltender. The club announced Friday that Henrik Lundqvist will be out at least three weeks with a vascular injury.
Backup Cam Talbot stopped 20 shots and Rick Nash netted his 33rd goal of the season as New York had its three-game win streak come to an end.
"I really liked the way we played on the road today," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "Didn't give them too many opportunities. A couple of those goals against, the puck had eyes and just found holes."
The Rangers tied it at 2-2 early in the third on a goal by Ryan McDonagh. The New York captain took a pass from Mats Zuccarello, skated by Eric Nystrom at the point, moved into the left circle and beat Rinne on a wrist shot at the 1:37 mark.
Ribeiro put Nashville back on top with a slap shot from atop the left circle. The puck sailed through traffic and past Talbot, who had earned a shutout in his only prior encounter with the Predators.
"I don't shoot often, but this one went in and it's a big two points for us," Ribeiro said.
New York came close to tying it with about three minutes remaining, but Derick Brassard missed the net on a 2-on-1 off Zuccarello's feed following a Nashville turnover.
Nash opened the scoring on a power play at 11:49 of the second. Rinne made a save on Nash's first backhander, but not the second one.
Josi and Weber scored off slap shots to give Nashville a 2-1 lead. Josi beat Talbot on the glove side from the left circle with 1:21 left, then Weber followed up by blasting the puck past Talbot's blocker from the right circle with 40 seconds to go.Game Notes
Nash has scored five times during a four-game goal streak ... The Rangers had
won four straight in Nashville ... New York center Derek Stepan missed the
game because of an illness ... Rangers forward Jesper Fast left the game with
a sprained knee and didn't return ... The Predators lost forward Colin Wilson
to an upper-body injury.