Granlund beats buzzer, scores in OT as Preds beat Flames 4-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators gambled that keeping Mikael Granlund instead of trading the pending free agent at the deadline could help them play their way into the postseason.

Granlund certainly delivered Thursday night.

He became only the fourth player in NHL history to score a game-tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and then score the game-winner in overtime as the Predators beat Calgary 4-3 in a playoff-type showdown between the Western Conference's two wild-card teams. Granlund

in regulation, then won the game 1:20 into overtime.

“Granny, he was Captain Clutch tonight,” Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis said.

Granlund said it was quite the ending.

“The biggest thing is that we got those two points and we found a way somehow,” Granlund said. “It was a big two points. We tied it up, then they get the third goal right at the end and then we tie it up again. That’s hockey sometimes. Entertaining for sure.”

Roman Josi and Colton Sissons also had a goal apiece, with Ellis having three assists. Nashville won its third straight and improved to 6-1-1 over its last eight games.

Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists, and Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson each scored as Calgary had its two-game winning streak halted. Flames interim coach Geoff Ward called the loss unfortunate even as Calgary got a point to stay a spot ahead of Nashville.

“You got 42 seconds left right, and you got the lead,” Ward said. “They came back with a good push. Obviously, they're playing for their lives right now, too. They're the same as us. They're fighting for those last two spots.”

The Predators hadn't been among the top eight teams in the West since Nov. 13, until Tuesday night after beating Ottawa, and even then they needed a loss by Arizona to give them the edge for the second wild card. By taking the season series 2-1, Nashville holds onto the second spot, a point behind the Flames with two games still in hand.

Nashville trailed 2-1 when Josi scored his 15th with 5:30 left from the left circle, squeezing the puck under goalie David Rittich's right arm. Mangiapane put the Flames up 3-2 scoring with 42.9 seconds left for seemingly the winning goal.

Nashville took its timeout immediately, and Granlund tied it up from in front with the

the buzzer. Granlund then scored his 17th for the game-winner from the slot to start the Predators celebrating. Rittich slammed his stick to the ice, breaking it in half as he went to the bench.

“It’s frustrating that we let that one last in,” Backlund said. “It’s tough. Point-three or however many seconds were left.”

It was Granlund's 11th goal since Nashville hired coach John Hynes on Jan. 7 with this his fourth game-winner in that span.

“He’s very consistent in his play, and he finds a way to get to areas where, if you look at him offensively, he gets to the areas where you can score,” Hynes said. “And then he has the ability to make key plays at key times. That’s the player, that’s how good a player he is.”

Goalie Juuse Saros made 36 saves for his eighth win in 10 starts.

The Flames were coming off a big 5-2 win in Boston on Tuesday night and have been the NHL's best road team since Nov. 23, winning 15 of their last 20 games. They also got captain Mark Giordano back in Nashville after he missed 10 games with a hamstring injury.

Calgary outshot Nashville 11-8 in the first period, and Saros smothered a point-blank shot from Rasmuss Andersson at the edge of the crease at 11:08. Sissons put Nashville up with his ninth goal, beating Rittich from in front with a wrister off a pass from Colin Blackwell with 31.2 seconds left in the period.

Saros didn't have a chance to deny Andersson 26 seconds into the second, when he tapped in the puck easily off a pass from Backlund. Then the Swede got his 15th with help of a bounce at 3:48 sending the puck past Saros' outstretched glove and skate giving Calgary a 2-1 lead.

NOTES: Granlund joined Marian Gaborik (2014), Marco Sturm (Nov. 8, 2000) and Neal Broten (Nov. 26, 1983) to score such a late game-tying goal and the OT game-winner. He's only the third player in Nashville history to score a game-tying goal and then the game-winner in overtime. ... Backlund now has 18 points in 11 games for Calgary. ... Blackwell is on a four-game point streak with one goal and four assists. ... Sissons has two goals in his last three games. ... Nashville improved to 24-6-4 when scoring first.

UP NEXT

Flames visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Predators host Colorado in the fourth of a five-game homestand.

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123OTT
CGY33-25-7
02103
NSH32-23-8
10214
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
R. Andersson D11250/0021:030
M. Backlund C12136/7018:380
S. Bennett LW00020/0411:331
T. Brodie D00-110/0025:150
D. Dube RW00000/1013:320
D. Forbort D00-140/0018:341
J. Gaudreau LW00-230/0015:370
M. Giordano D00-120/0021:341
E. Gustafsson D00-210/0019:150
N. Hanifin D00210/0015:391
M. Jankowski C00016/4011:310
E. Lindholm C00-312/3018:090
M. Lucic LW00010/0011:304
A. Mangiapane LW10240/2016:451
S. Monahan C00-116/4015:082
T. Rieder RW00040/0012:520
D. Ryan C00024/5013:540
M. Tkachuk RW01130/0217:312
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:102
C. Blackwell RW02020/0012:470
N. Bonino C00112/5012:021
M. Duchene C01106/4016:110
M. Ekholm D00130/0020:400
R. Ellis D03040/0025:040
D. Fabbro D00020/0018:290
F. Forsberg LW01140/0019:561
M. Granlund RW20141/3018:582
R. Grimaldi LW00000/0013:190
D. Hamhuis D00000/0013:420
C. Jarnkrok LW00022/0014:060
R. Johansen C00-1211/5016:470
R. Josi D10050/0224:350
C. Sissons C10020/0013:391
C. Smith RW00020/0012:471
J. Tinordi D01010/0015:261
K. Turris C00024/7018:530
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Rittich (L)384340.89561:20
GOALIESSA
D. Rittich (L)38
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (W)393360.92360:49
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (W)39
GOAL Mikael Granlund (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Ellis and Matt Duchene
CGY:GoalsShots
NSH:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • NSH
      01:20GOAL Mikael Granlund (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Ellis and Matt Duchene
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      19:59GOAL Mikael Granlund (Wrist shot), Assists: Filip Forsberg and Ryan Ellis
    • CGY
      19:17GOAL Andrew Mangiapane (Wrist shot), Assists: Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson
    • NSH
      14:30GOAL Roman Josi (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Ellis and Colin Blackwell
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CGY
      03:48GOAL Mikael Backlund
    • CGY
      26.0GOAL Rasmus Andersson (Wrist shot), Assists: Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NSH
      19:28GOAL Colton Sissons (Wrist shot), Assists: Colin Blackwell and Jarred Tinordi
PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • CGY
        01:40Sam Bennett penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • CGY
        13:56Matthew Tkachuk penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • NSH
        13:56Roman Josi penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • CGY
        08:11Sam Bennett penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    CGY
    NSH
    Shots on Goal3938
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins2426
    Penalties31
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties31
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    CGY
    Shots on Goal39
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins24
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
    123OTT
    CGY33-25-7
    02103
    NSH32-23-8
    10214
    STARS OF THE GAME
    7.7 %SHOT %10.5 %
    0.895 %SAVE %0.923 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    R. Andersson D11250/0021:030
    M. Backlund C12136/7018:380
    S. Bennett LW00020/0411:331
    T. Brodie D00-110/0025:150
    D. Dube RW00000/1013:320
    D. Forbort D00-140/0018:341
    J. Gaudreau LW00-230/0015:370
    M. Giordano D00-120/0021:341
    E. Gustafsson D00-210/0019:150
    N. Hanifin D00210/0015:391
    M. Jankowski C00016/4011:310
    E. Lindholm C00-312/3018:090
    M. Lucic LW00010/0011:304
    A. Mangiapane LW10240/2016:451
    S. Monahan C00-116/4015:082
    T. Rieder RW00040/0012:520
    D. Ryan C00024/5013:540
    M. Tkachuk RW01130/0217:312
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:102
    C. Blackwell RW02020/0012:470
    N. Bonino C00112/5012:021
    M. Duchene C01106/4016:110
    M. Ekholm D00130/0020:400
    R. Ellis D03040/0025:040
    D. Fabbro D00020/0018:290
    F. Forsberg LW01140/0019:561
    M. Granlund RW20141/3018:582
    R. Grimaldi LW00000/0013:190
    D. Hamhuis D00000/0013:420
    C. Jarnkrok LW00022/0014:060
    R. Johansen C00-1211/5016:470
    R. Josi D10050/0224:350
    C. Sissons C10020/0013:391
    C. Smith RW00020/0012:471
    J. Tinordi D01010/0015:261
    K. Turris C00024/7018:530
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Rittich (L)384340.89561:20
    GOALIESSA
    D. Rittich (L)38
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Saros (W)393360.92360:49
    GOALIESSA
    J. Saros (W)39
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123OTT
    CGY33-25-7
    02103
    NSH32-23-8
    10214
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    R. Andersson D11250/0021:030
    M. Backlund C12136/7018:380
    S. Bennett LW00020/0411:331
    T. Brodie D00-110/0025:150
    D. Dube RW00000/1013:320
    D. Forbort D00-140/0018:341
    J. Gaudreau LW00-230/0015:370
    M. Giordano D00-120/0021:341
    E. Gustafsson D00-210/0019:150
    N. Hanifin D00210/0015:391
    M. Jankowski C00016/4011:310
    E. Lindholm C00-312/3018:090
    M. Lucic LW00010/0011:304
    A. Mangiapane LW10240/2016:451
    S. Monahan C00-116/4015:082
    T. Rieder RW00040/0012:520
    D. Ryan C00024/5013:540
    M. Tkachuk RW01130/0217:312
    Total3403924/266-13
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:102
    C. Blackwell RW02020/0012:470
    N. Bonino C00112/5012:021
    M. Duchene C01106/4016:110
    M. Ekholm D00130/0020:400
    R. Ellis D03040/0025:040
    D. Fabbro D00020/0018:290
    F. Forsberg LW01140/0019:561
    M. Granlund RW20141/3018:582
    R. Grimaldi LW00000/0013:190
    D. Hamhuis D00000/0013:420
    C. Jarnkrok LW00022/0014:060
    R. Johansen C00-1211/5016:470
    R. Josi D10050/0224:350
    C. Sissons C10020/0013:391
    C. Smith RW00020/0012:471
    J. Tinordi D01010/0015:261
    K. Turris C00024/7018:530
    Total4803826/242-9
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Rittich (L)384340.89561:20
    GOALIESSA
    D. Rittich (L)38
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Saros (W)393360.92360:49
    GOALIESSA
    J. Saros (W)39
    GOALS
    • OVERTIME
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • OVERTIME
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123OTT
      CGY33-25-7
      02103
      NSH32-23-8
      10214
      TEAM STATS
      3.21
      GF AVG
      3.40
      GA AVG
      .64
      Power Play
      3.55
      GF AVG
      3.55
      GA AVG
      .62
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.