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Ottawa at Nashville

Sullivan nets hat trick for Predators, Hartnell also adds two

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve Sullivan's injured groin didn't slow him down. The rest it forced him to take might've even helped.

Sullivan had a natural hat trick in the second period, and Scott Hartnell added two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

"They were quicker, they did everything at high speed and we couldn't handle it," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "We got attached to the guy with the puck all the time, and they made cross-seam passes, and backdoor tip-ins."

It was Sullivan's sixth NHL hat trick and his third with the Predators. He scored the three goals in a span of 5:56, the quickest for any player in Nashville history. Sullivan showed no effects of a groin strain sustained a week earlier at Los Angeles that forced him to miss Nashville's previous two games.

"I just wanted to go out and get my legs underneath me," Sullivan said. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't hurt the hockey team."

Sullivan completed his hat trick by converting a cross-ice pass in the left circle from J.P. Dumont, tucking his shot just inside the left post. Dumont assisted on all three of Sullivan's goals.

"That was a good night for Sully," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "A couple of those goals, Steve got the goals, but what plays and passes J.P. made, he froze everybody and found Sully back door."

The ailing Senators were without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who missed his fifth consecutive game with a hip injury, and defenseman Wade Redden who sat out his seventh with chest and shoulder injuries. Ottawa lost for the fourth time in five games.

"There is no doubt those guys are big players for us, but we are not going to make excuses," defenseman Chris Phillips said. "This is an opportunity for everyone to step up and have more responsibility, and we didn't do that."

Nashville's Chris Mason, in his 10th straight start, made 22 saves en route to his second shutout of the season.

"Everything we did clicked. It was one of the best offensive games I've seen," Mason said. "Ottawa is traveling right now, and they looked maybe a little more anemic because our guys looked so good."

Predators rookie Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist, and Paul Kariya recorded three assists for the Predators. In 18 games, Radulov has 10 goals to rank third among rookies.

Kariya had the primary assist on both of Hartnell's goals.

"They are the two nicest passes I have seen all year, I guess I was just in the right place at the right time," Hartnell said. "Anyone could have put those passes in."

"(Hartnell) is the best at being in front of the net and tipping pucks," Trotz said. "If we put pucks to the net with him there, we have a great chance to score."

Ray Emery, who entered with the sixth-best save percentage at .925, took the loss, allowing all six goals on just 14 shots. Emery was lifted in favor of Martin Gerber at 11:54 of the second period.

"It's a humbling experience," Emery said. "You got to tip your hat to them a bit, they played well, and I think we made them look even better."

"I felt sorry for Emery tonight, he did not have a chance on one of those goals," Mason said.

Notes

  • Petr Tenkrat had the Predators' only other natural hat trick on Dec. 15, 2001.
  • Jason Arnott retuned to the Nashville lineup and recorded one assist. He missed 11 games with a right knee injury. Ottawa made its first trip to Nashville since Dec. 30, 2002.
  • The Predators are 5-0 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.
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Steve Sullivan (center) has reason to smile after completing his sixth NHL hat trick. (AP)
Steve Sullivan (center) has reason to smile after completing his sixth NHL hat trick. (AP)

Scoreboard
Ottawa (16-16-1)0000
Nashville  (20-8-3) «3306
Three Stars
S. Sullivan
NSH


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
S. Hartnell
NSH


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Mason
NSH


Saves: 22
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:40Power Play - Scott Hartnell (12), Backhand Shot - Assists: Paul Kariya, Martin Erat
14:38Scott Hartnell (13), Slap Shot - Assists: Paul Kariya, Martin Erat
18:30Alexander Radulov (10), Slap Shot - Assists: Shea Weber, Paul Kariya
2ND PERIOD
05:58Steve Sullivan (9), Snap Shot - Assists: J.P. Dumont, Jason Arnott
09:21Power Play - Steve Sullivan (10), Snap Shot - Assists: J.P. Dumont, Jason Arnott
11:54Steve Sullivan (11), Tip-In - Assists: J.P. Dumont, Alexander Radulov
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:07Zidlicky: High sticking - 2 min.
05:44Hordichuk: Fighting - 5 min.
05:44Neil: Fighting - 5 min.
05:44Fiddler: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
07:43McAmmond: Holding the stick - 2 min.
12:36Phillips: Tripping - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
08:53Volchenkov: Hooking - 2 min.
09:51Corvo: Holding - 2 min.
14:40Neil: Elbowing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
05:06Erat: Hooking - 2 min.
08:26Meszaros: Hooking - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Ottawa571123
Nashville981633
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ray Emery31:5486
Martin Gerber28:06190
Chris Mason60:00220
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 12718
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Tim Peel
Line Judges - Darren Gibbs, Don Henderson
 
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