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National Hockey League
Ottawa 4, Nashville 3
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Ian Walsh, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Ryan Gibbons, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 14632
Mike Hoffman's 100th career goal was the overtime winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 on Thursday night.

Hoffman sped away for a breakaway chance that he converted at 3:01 of OT for his 15th of the season to the delight of the Canadian Tire Centre crowd. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson made 35 saves in the win, 18 of them in the third period and three in overtime.

A night that featured Kyle Turris returning to Ottawa, where he spent parts of seven seasons before being traded to the Predators in November, became an entertaining see-saw affair.

Nashville's P.K. Subban opened the scoring 34 seconds into the contest. Subban's sharp-angled attempt was headed wide of the net, but the puck deflected off Senators defenseman Cody Ceci and into the net.

Ottawa's Chris DiDomenico scored in his second consecutive game to even the count at 8:00 of the first period. During a scramble, Ryan Dzingel worked the puck to the front of the net and DiDomenico beat goalie Juuse Saros.

Calle Jarnkrok again put the Preds ahead before the period was over, burying a setup from Nick Bonino for his 13th of the season at 18:05.

Momentum continued to swing, and it went in Ottawa's favor when Max McCormick netted his first of the season at 4:08 of the second period to tie the game 2-2. McCormick headed to the net and made the most of a seeing-eye pass from Dzingel.

Then Magnus Paajarvi, claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues a couple of weeks ago, buried his own rebound to pot his first goal for the Senators to give the hosts a lead at 11:59 of the second. That lead didn't last, either.

Subban blasted a shot from the point for his second of the game -- and 15th of the season to equal a career high -- with 4:18 left in regulation to force overtime.

Ottawa forward Alex Burrows served the first game of the 10-game suspension he was handed for his attack on New Jersey's Taylor Hall.

Saros stopped 32 shots for the Predators, who lost in extra time for the second consecutive night. They fell 3-2 in a shootout at Toronto on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Nashville   Ottawa
P.K. Subban 2 Points Ryan Dzingel 2
P.K. Subban 2 Goals Christopher DiDomenico 1
Scott Hartnell 2 Assists Ryan Dzingel 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Juuse Saros .889 Save Percentage Craig Anderson .921
Juuse Saros 32 Saves Craig Anderson 35
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 38 3 0-2 2-2 9 24
Ottawa 36 4 0-2 2-2 9 19
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Senators have a W/L % of .389 after a win and .343 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Predators have a W/L % of .594 after a win and .619 after a loss.