Blood streamed from the faces of several Predators and Stars players Monday. There were fights, there was trash talk. Even players not known for dropping the gloves opted for fisticuffs.

The Predators’ 5-4 overtime victory was Nashville’s 20th game of the season. But it sure had a playoff feel.

“There was some emotions and some good hits and a lot of energy,” Predators forward Mike Fisher said. “It was a great game.”

Fisher found himself in the middle of the action a few times. First, he got a four-minute double minor early in the second period for high sticking Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski. Then Stars forward Vernon Fiddler, a former Predator, bumped into Fisher midway into the period while the Nashville forward was changing. The normally calm Fisher dropped his gloves with Fiddler.

“He gave me an extra shot going to the bench,” Fisher said. “I don’t think anybody is going to take that, but emotions are part of the game and emotions were going on both sides. That stuff happens. It actually fired us up, and we were able to rally around it.”