RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup First Round at PNC Arena on Tuesday.
Staal batted the puck out of the air from in from after Juuse Saros stopped a shot from the point by Brett Pesce. The goal came 20 seconds after Alexandre Carrier was called for interference, which ended a Predators power play.
Martin Necas scored twice, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves for Carolina, which is the No. 1 seed from the Discover Central Division and leads the series 3-2.
Yakov Trenin scored twice, and Saros made 34 saves for Nashville, the No. 4 seed, which had won two straight.
Teams that win Game 5 after a 2-2 tie are 213-58 (78.5 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series. Game 6 is at Nashville on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, BSSO).
Trenin gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 11:44 of the first period. After Jani Hakanpaa couldn’t clear the Hurricanes zone, Roman Josi sent a slap shot from the left point that hit Carolina forward Steven Lorentz before fluttering in off Trenin.
Necas tied it 1-1 at 14:21 with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle on the power play.
Trenin scored 53 seconds of the second period to make it 2-1, finishing a saucer pass from Colton Sissons on a 2-on-1. Sissons started the play when he gathered an errant drop pass by Pesce in the Predators zone.
Carolina appeared to tie the game at 12:22 when Jaccob Slavin‘s point shot redirected in off Staal’s skate, but Nashville coach John Hynes challenged the play for goaltender interference, and the call was reversed after a video review.
Necas was then able to tie it 2-2 at 12:55 of the third period. He received a pass at Carolina’s blue line, skated through two defensemen in the neutral zone, and held off Matt Duchene as he circled the net and tucked a wraparound inside the left post.