Nashville Predators Score 3 Goals in Final 3 Minutes to Beat Minnesota Wild 5-4

Harrison BucContributor IIFebruary 1, 2012

Preds win in thrilling fashion with two late goals by Mike Fisher.
Preds win in thrilling fashion with two late goals by Mike Fisher.John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Preds never gave up in this one.

After going down 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild early in the third period, it looked as though the Nashville Predators were headed for just their third loss this month.

But with 10 minutes left, the Preds turned it on and scored four straight goals to win 5-4 and finish with a 11-2 record in January.

Brandon Yip, who was claimed off waivers on January 19th, started the comeback with his first goal as a Pred at the 9:22 mark.

Then, Nashville caught fire.

With 3:21 left in the game and down 4-2, Hornqvist had a pure strength, shove-in goal to cut the deficit to one goal.

Just 21 seconds later, Collin Wilson assisted a cutting Mike Fisher, who found the open part of the net and tied the game up at 4-4.

At that point, Preds fans would have been more than happy to get to overtime, but the squad had gained momentum after scoring two goals in 21 seconds.

Then, at the 19:39 mark of the third period, Mike Fished slung the puck towards the net and snuck it past Wild goaltender Josh Harding, which gave the Preds their first lead of the game with just 21 seconds left.

This win was not the first time Nashville has come back from a large deficit this season, and the "never give up" mentality continues to soar through this team.

There were many defensive mishaps which led to Minnesota's 2-0 start, and the Preds offense took until midway through the third to start putting the puck on net.

But somehow, they fought to the end and found a way to further their streak of winning 13 of their past 15 games.

February is here, and the Predators have arguably the hardest remaining schedule in the NHL.

This was a good win to finish January, but Nashville must continue to battle and prove they can beat difficult teams this month.