The Nashville Predators were in pretty good position to come away with an important two points on Saturday night in Anaheim. Instead, they were once again taken to a shootout and were once again beaten in the shootout.
Anaheim got the 3-2 victory by way of a shootout on Saturday night to drop Nashville’s record on the season to 1-1-3. This was a game that the Predators simply let slip away. They held two separate leads in the game, including going ahead 2-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Nashville went 0-for-3 on the power play and only had 19 shots on goal in regulation. However, they played pretty well defensively, limiting the Ducks to only 19 shots as well. The Predators had shot opportunities that they failed to pull the trigger on all night long, and it ended up costing them.
Brandon Yip opened the scoring for the Predators with a superb individual effort. Yip brought the puck in the zone and made a toe-drag move to create a good shot opportunity. Yip collected his own rebound on the shot and backhanded the puck into the net to give the Predators an early 1-0 lead.
Bobby Ryan tied the game at one for the Ducks in the second period on a great redirection from a Cam Fowler shot. David Legwand would once again give the Predators a lead in the third period, but Daniel Winnik tied the game once again just 1:03 later. Once again, the Predators were not able to score in the shootout. Martin Erat hit the crossbar, but that would be as close as Nashville would get. The Predators continue their road trip on Monday night when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes.
Five things about tonight’s game…
- Patric Hornqvist was hurt by a Shea Weber slapshot in the third period and seemed to injure himself once again after coming back out for his next shift. It didn’t look good, and he’s out indefinitely.
- The Predators are going to have to mix it up in the shootout. Players like Colin Wilson should be given chances to produce in the shootout because their current lineup isn’t working. Nashville cannot continue to let points slip away in the shootout this season.
- Brandon Yip played his best game of the season. He had the goal offensively and was tenacious in his pursuit of the puck all night long.
- The Predators switched up the lines against the Ducks. Colin Wilson joined Mike Fisher and Martin Erat on the first line and Sergei Kostitsyn was put on third line duty with Nick Spaling.
- Craig Smith has just 4:02 of ice time tonight, one giveaway and one minor penalty. Here’s our post earlier this week on Smith being in Barry Trotz’s doghouse. He is now buried under Trotz’s doghouse. The Predators need him to find his game very quickly.
Three stars of tonight’s game…
1. Viktor Fasth, ANA…It was a night to remember for Fasth. It was the first start of the 30-year-old rookie’s career, and he came up with some stellar saves to keep Anaheim in the game.
2. Bobby Ryan, ANA… Ryan is a dangerous offensive player when the puck is on his stick, and he showed that in this game. Ryan had a goal and created several chances for the Ducks offensively.
3. David Legwand, NSH… Legwand played well on both sides of the puck for the Predators and scored Nashville’s second goal of the game.