When they gave up a tying goal with just 1:04 left in regulation, the Nashville Predators had reason to fear a major detour on the road to the playoffs. A Steve Sullivan goal in overtime sealed the win, however, lifting them into 7th place in the West in front of a sellout crowd at the Sommet Center.
The game also featured the first NHL goal for Cal O'Reilly, called up for his 2nd stint with Nashville after David Legwand was injured earlier in the week. After L.A. took a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period, Joel Ward scored his 16th of the year shorthanded, and Shea Weber tallied his 21st to put the Preds up 3-2 with 7:37 remaining. A long shot by young Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, however, tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Sullivan's goal came on a 4-on-3 power play, after Anze Kopitar was called for goaltender interference on a driving play to the net. Pekka Rinne stopped 24 of 27 shots to push his record to 26-12-4. Having gone 4-0-3 in their last seven games, Nashville heads to Detroit for a game late Sunday afternoon.