Atlanta tried to dig itself out of a three-goal hole, but Nashville held on for a 3-2 victory.
Nashville took a 3-0 lead during the second period, only to have Atlanta storm back on a Artus Laukaitis goal 16:18 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
Nashville got the win thanks to a great game by Dylan Schmidt, who had two goals and one assist. Schmidt scored the first of his two goals at 38 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Nashville. Kristers Petraskevis picked up the assist. Schmidt\’s next tally made the score 2-0 Nashville with 1:09 left in the first period. Petraskevis provided the assist.
Atlanta did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Atlanta averages 6.1 goals per game.
Atlanta was helped by Alex Johanson, who had one goal. Johanson scored on the power play 11:01 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Nashville. Atlanta had gotten the advantage when Nashville\’s Kulczyk was sent off for roughing. Colin OConnor picked up the assist. More assists for Atlanta came via Kyle Rimbach, who had one.
Nicholas Ottenbacher made 22 saves for Nashville on 24 shots. Nashville incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Atlanta\’s Alekandr Zendejas stopped 25 shots out of the 28 that he faced. Atlanta incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.