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Nashville 5, Dallas 3
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Darren Gibbs
Attendance: 17985

Roman Josi scored twice in the third period -- the deciding goal and clinching empty-netter -- and Ryan Ellis racked up three assists as the visiting Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Tuesday.

Josi netted the game-winner at the 7:35 mark of the third period as his shot deflected off the stick of Dallas' Andrew Cogliano then floated lazily over the head of goaltender Anton Khudobin and into the net. Kyle Turris and Ryan Ellis got assists on the score.

With 31 seconds remaining, Josi scored into an empty net.

Nashville struck first with 9:10 to play in the opening period, when Brian Boyle rushed down the ice to bury the rebound of a shot by Josi past Khudobin. Calle Jarnkrok also got an assist on the play.

Jason Spezza tied the game 3:31 into the second period when he wristed a shot over the blocker of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne off assists from Mattias Janmark and Jason Dickinson. The score was the Stars' first tally in seven periods, more than 145 minutes, after Dallas was shut out in its previous two contests.

The Predators retook the lead near the midway point of the second period as Rocco Grimaldi corralled a bouncing clearing pass from Ryan Hartman and juked Khudobin to the ice before lifting a shot into the net. Ellis got the secondary assist on the score.

Late in the middle period, the teams combined for three goals in a wild 47-second span that ended with the game tied at 3-3.

First, Dallas' Esa Lindell whipped a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Rinne with 2:31 to play in the period. Spezza and John Klingberg were credited with assists.

The Stars took a short-lived lead just 26 seconds later. Tyler Seguin took advantage of a rush into the zone and a shot by Roope Hinze to beat a recumbent Rinne, with Lindell also getting an assist on the goal.

Nashville responded 21 seconds hence as Filip Forsberg worked in front of the net and outshoved Klingberg to get to Ellis' shot and redirect it past Khudobin, tying the game.

Dallas, which has lost three straight, returns to the ice on Thursday when it hosts the St. Louis Blues. The Predators head home to square off against the Los Angeles Kings, also on Thursday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   Dallas
Roman Josi 3 Points Esa Lindell 2
Roman Josi 2 Goals Esa Lindell 1
Ryan Ellis 3 Assists Esa Lindell 1
N/A Power Play Goals Esa Lindell 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .923 Save Percentage Anton Khudobin .913
Pekka Rinne 36 Saves Anton Khudobin 42
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 47 5 0-2 1-2 6 38
Dallas 39 3 1-2 2-2 6 33
Upcoming Games
  • Dallas will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Stars have a W/L % of .483 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Predators have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .519 after a loss.