The Nashville Predators continued to prove that there was something "special" (in Barry Trotz's words) about this years team as they notched their seventh comeback win of the season from two or three goals down as they scored three goals, including two by Mike Fisher, in the last 3:21 of play.
It was the Predators fifth win in a row and they are 15-2 in their last 17 games. Nashville finished January with an 11-2 record and are 19-5 since the stunning comeback win in Columbus on December 8.
Pekka Rinne picked up his ten victory in a row and is 20-2 in his last 22 decisions.
The win left the Predators with 66 points and three behind Detroit, for the Western Conference and Central Division lead. The Preds had pulled within a point of Detroit before the Wings finished off Calgary 3-1 in a late game.
Nashville now has the third highest point total in the NHL with only the Wings (69) and Rangers (67) having more and Boston (66) having the same number.
The Preds are on pace for 106 points and are 12 points ahead of ninth place Colorado. They would be assured of a playoff berth if they averaged a point a game for the final 31 games of the season.
The Predators face a tough February schedule, playing a who's who of playoff contenders, starting with a trip to Philadelphia on Thursday to face the Flyers at 6 p.m.
Here is our game story from last night with our comments from the couch. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Doug Brumley (Preds.com)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7)
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Jeremy Gover (Section 303)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
Laura Hutchings (Lady Preds)
Minnesota Star Tribune
View From the Lighthouse
Wild post-game Notes
Audio from the Predators comes from....
102.5 The Game - Tom Callahan's Highlight Reel
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Dany Heatley
2. Mike Fisher
3. Cal Clutterbuck
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass