Prior to the Olympic break all the Nashville Predators needed were two power play goals. Nothing else was more likely to produce a victory.
Thursday, in their return after play was halted for two and half weeks they scored three times with the man-advantage – a season-high. And they needed every one.
The Predators overcame an early two-goal deficit and defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 because they converted three of the four times they had an additional skater. It was a notable outburst considering that the last time they scored more than two power play goals in a game was Jan. 7, 2012. Then they had four in a 5-2 victory over Carolina.
Against Tampa Bay, Patric Hornqvist (pictured) got the last – the game-winner – with 6:04 to play. Roman Josi and Matt Cullen got the first two 1:11 apart in the second period. For Cullen, it was his first power play goal in more than two years. His last was Feb. 23, 2012 as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Nashville is 8-0-1 this season when it scores two power play goals. Now it’s also 1-0-0 with more than three or more.
The games this season in which the Nashville Predators have scored multiple power play goals:
Feb. 27 vs. Tampa Bay, W 3-2
Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota, W 3-2
Nov. 2 at Los Angeles, W 4-3
Nov. 6 at Colorado, W 6-4
Nov. 16 vs. Chicago, W 7-2
Nov. 21 at Toronto, W 4-2
Dec. 12 vs. Dallas, W 3-1
Dec. 21 vs. Montreal, L 4-3 (OT)
Jan. 14 vs. Calgary, W 4-2
Jan. 16 vs. Philadelphia, W 4-3 (SO)
None of this is new to the Predators.
Back in 2007-08 they were 6-6-2 with more than one power play goal. Since, however, they are 39-6-6 with two or more.
Their last loss in a game with multiple power play goals was March 31, 2012, a 5-4 loss to Chicago in which both teams had two.
In more good news, the 10 games with two or more this season equals their most in any campaign over that span – and there are 22 games left in this one.
Nashville’s season-by-season record, from 2008-09 through the current season, in games with two power play goals or more: