Nashville Predators can't survive a wild 3rd period, lose 5-4 in Chicago

After the Nashville Predators made an unlikely comeback in the final minutes of regulation (with two goals from defensemen tying the game 4-4), Patrick Kane scored a late goal for Chicago to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Preds.

For Nashville, it was the first time in 14 games this season that they lost a game in which they led after two periods.

Follow after the jump for the video highlights and a few thoughts...

The frustrating part of this game is that the Predators led 2-1 heading into the final period, only to see a series of penalties turn the tide. Twice John Madden scored just moments after the Predators had successfully killed off a penalty, taking the Blackhawks to a 3-2 lead, then Brian Campbell scored while Dan Hamhuis was in the box for tripping to stretch it to 4-2.

With just 6:27 remaining at that point and the Predators scrambling, things looked pretty hopeless. But Hamhuis atoned for his mistake by firing home a long shot on a delayed call against Chicago to bring the Preds within 1, and less than a minute later, Cody Franson slipped through quick wrister to tie the game with 3:25 left.

Ultimately, however, Nashville couldn't even force overtime as Kane fired a wrister that Dan Ellis stopped, only to corral the rebound in for another shot that he roofed over Ellis' glove hand. Ellis finished with 24 saves on 29 Blackhawk shots.

Is it time to start worrying about the Predators goaltending? For the 9th straight game, an opponent has scored at least 3 goals.

No advanced stats tonight, I'm wiped after a long drive back home from the holiday weekend.

The Predators' road trip continues Tuesday in St. Louis and Thursday in Columbus, before they return home to face Anaheim on Saturday night (which is reportedly close to selling out, like yesterday's game).

For discounted tickets for Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks, or any Nashville Predators home game, you can follow this link and use the special offer code "PREDS".

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