Defenseman Ryan Suter understood the importance of a good start for Nashville even hours before the Predators’ 3-2 victory over Dallas.
“Part of being on from the start is getting chances, and sometimes scoring first. I’m sure when we’re leading after one (period), our winning percentage is a lot higher than when we’re tied or down a goal,” Suter said following the morning skate.
Nashville didn’t get the first goal for the seventh time in nine games since the All-Star break but a last-second goal by Shea Weber to end the first period gave Nashville the lead. The Predators played grinding hockey and squeezed the Stars the rest of the way.