It was wild. It was wacky. And it was about as entertaining as it gets.
Chris Phillips' game-tying goal with less than two seconds left in regulation time sent the crowd of 18,970 through the roof. It was an improbable comeback as the Senators had erased a three-goal deficit against the Nashville Predators.
But the ecstasy turned to agony as the Senators lost when Shea Weber's second goal of the game at 2:11 of overtime ended Nashville's six-game winless skid — a 6-5 win for Nashville.
“You certainly didn't want to leave the rink early, that's for sure,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
Milan Michalek, Nick Foligno, Anton Volchenkov and Chris Campoli also scored for Ottawa — all in the third period.
“We were excited to come back. It’s unfortunate we lost because it was a great comeback, probably one of the best we've ever had,” said Senators centre Jason Spezza, who had three assists.
“We struggled early. They really pressed hard on us and forechecked us well to make turnovers,” said Alfredsson. “It was just great to see the character we showed with a really strong third.
“We made a game out of it and even earned a point. It’s unfortunate we got ourselves into penalty trouble and we weren’t able to get the win. Overall, after that start, we had better be very happy with the way it ended. We were able to get something out of it.”
Goals by Michalek, Foligno and Campoli in a span of 6:59 got the rink rocking. But the Predators took the lead twice more, only to have the Senators erase them.
Weber’s first goal of the game gave the Predators the lead at 11:27. But Volchenkov tied it at 15:40. Then, Ryan Suter scored his second of the game with a minute left and Nashville on a 5-on-3 advantage. Phillips banged the puck in from the crease area to tie it up.
“It’s a tough game to sum up in 30 seconds,” said Phillips. “That was not the start we wanted, but we battled back. A lot happened in between, a lot of goals, but we were able to get back into it. To get the point is nice and we showed a lot of character battling back from three goals.”
Senators defenceman Alex Picard, lauded for his solid play in the club’s last two games, was brutal and didn’t see a shift in the third.
The goal that gave the Preds a 3-0 lead at 10:52 of the first was the result of Picard losing the puck to Joel Ward.