Atlanta penalty kill dominates in 6-1 defeat of Nashville

Atlanta, which found itself down a man often, weathered Nashville\’s power play opportunities and emerged with a 6-1 victory.

Atlanta was led by Andrew Cooley, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Cooley scored on the power play 1:09 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Atlanta. Kyle Rimbach provided the assist.

Atlanta forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 16.0 minutes per game Atlanta had been spending in the box. Atlanta forced Nashville\’s netminders to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, getting 33 shots and forcing 27 saves. Nicholas Ottenbacher made 18 stops and Ricky Gonzalez made nine. Atlanta stifled Nashville\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.

Atlanta also got points from Arturas Laukaitis, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Atlanta also had goals scored by Riley Hummitsch, Drake Cartwright, Alex Johanson, and Ryan Dumond, who scored one goal each. In addition, Atlanta received assists from Drew Kelly, Jesse Brown, Ross Bartlett, and Colin OConnor, who each chipped in one and Philip Pugliese and Evan Camba, who contributed two each.

Nashville\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 11 minors and one major for 47 minutes in penalty time. Nashville surpassed its season average of 15.0 penalty minutes per game. Nashville\’s offense operated below its season average. Nashville puts an average of 3.9 pucks into the net per game.

Corey Boettcher rejected 22 shots on goal for Atlanta. Atlanta registered one goal on 10 power play opportunities. Nashville registered zero goals on six power play opportunities.