Luke Kunin lifts Nashville Predators to 2OT victory, series tied 2-2

Paul Skrbina
Nashville Tennessean

Another game, another double-overtime between the Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes.

Two days after the Predators held off three Hurricanes comebacks Friday before winning in double overtime of Game 3, Luke Kunin's goal with 3:50 left won Game 4 Sunday for the Predators 4-3, tying the series 2-2. Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

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And for the second straight game, Predators goalie Juuse Saros topped 50 saves. He tied the franchise postseason record with 52 Friday. He broke it Sunday by stopping 58. He became the second goalie in league history, along with the Blues' Curtis Joseph (1993), to have back-to-back 50-save games in the postseason.

A few catfish hit the ice at Bridgestone Arena, as is tradition, before the puck dropped Sunday for Game 4 of the first-round series between the teams.

Fifty-seven seconds after that, Kunin was celebrating with Nashville teammates and what looked like a lot more than 12,000-plus others after he deposited Mikael Granlund’s pass past Alex Nedeljkovic.

Kunin nearly scored again a little more than a minute later, while the crowd was taunting Nedeljkovic.

But the Predators managed just one shot goal during the next 15-plus minutes.

While the Predators scored their goals early – Ryan Johansen scored 4:53 into the second – the Hurricanes struck late in each of the first two period.

Vincent Trocheck’s goal with 1:57 left in the first tied the score 1-1.

Brock McGinn did the same with 1:55 remaining in the second to make it 2-2. McGinn did it again 13 seconds into the third for a 3-2 lead.

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Nick Cousins made sure that lead was short-lived when he tipped in a power-play score two minutes later. A few minutes later, Cousins and Erik Haula came up short on another prime opportunity.

Nedeljkovic robbed Cousins of what would have been the go-ahead goal with less than a minute to play in regulation.

The Predators were 11-2 in overtime and shootouts this season, including Game 3. 

"We've had some resiliency, we've had some toughness," Hynes said after Game 3. When you get into the playoffs the way we've gotten into the playoffs ... you have to put a tough loss or a big win behind you."

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