The Predators' charter flight from Vancouver to Nashville took more than 4 hours on Sunday. Their game the previous night went to two overtimes, so Coach Barry Trotz needed most of that flying time to study all the film.

One thing he didn't need video to confirm was the performance of Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. He was as dynamic on the screen as he was in person during Nashville's rousing 2-1 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

"Ryan was outstanding," Trotz said. "He and Shea (Weber) were great, but Ryan did some things that were absolutely outstanding that maybe go unnoticed a little bit. He made a play when it counted."

With the Predators trailing 1-0, and the clock about to expire, Suter scored with 1:07 to go in the third period to tie the score 1-1 and eventually force overtime. Suter, who was below the goal line, put the puck on net and received a fortunate bounce when it hit the left skate of Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo and went in.

It was Nashville's first goal of the series.

"We couldn't get one by him," Suter said. "He was playing good. Finally squeaked one by there. It wasn't pretty but I'll take it. I think it gave us some hope."

In the second overtime, Suter was credited with an assist on Matt Halischuk's game-winning goal.

"(Suter) has elevated his game to another level," said Weber, a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman. "He's playing a lot of minutes and playing against the top players on the other teams. He's shutting guys down and is finding other ways to contribute as well."