DALLAS (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok scored in the fifth round of the shootout and the Nashville Predators finished a franchise-record eight-game road trip the same way they started it, with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
Eeli Tolvanen had the tying goal with six minutes remaining in regulation and two assists for his first career three-point game. Ryan Johansen had a power-play goal in the first period, and Filip Forsberg pulled Nashville to 3-2 late in the second.
Rhett Gardner scored his first NHL goal, fellow rookie Ty Dellandrea picked up his third and Radek Faska also scored for the Stars, who lost with a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since starting the season 4-0.
Dallas, the defending Western Conference champion, dropped out of a tie for sixth with Nashville in the Central Division. The top four teams in the division go to the playoffs.
Johansen had the first goal of the shootout before Joe Pavelski pulled Dallas even on its third and final chance. John Klingberg and Jamie Benn for Dallas and Nashville’s Tolvanen failed to convert before Jarnkrok’s winner gave Nashville a 4-3-1 record on the trip.
Gardner scored after Esa Lindell sent a puck off the boards back in front of the net. The 25-year-old didn’t get much on the wrist shot from close range, but the slow-moving puck fooled Rinne and went under his pads.
Faksa redirected a shot from Jason Robertson for his fourth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead in the first period. The 21-year-old Robertson is second among NHL rookies with 13 assists.
Dellandrea was the second Dallas player to redirect a shot by Klingberg, the defenseman who made a nifty move to set up the goal. Pavelski was the first to tip it, giving him and Klingberg a team-leading 14 assists apiece.
Forsberg’s 11th goal was one off his skate and was held up on review to see if he kicked it in. Johansen tipped in a shot from Mattias Ekholm, who has nine assists.
Predators: The first of two at home against Detroit on Tuesday.
Stars: A five-game homestand continues Tuesday with the first of two at home against Tampa Bay. The Lightning have won the first three meetings between last season’s Stanley Cup finalists.