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Nashville Predators 3, Calgary Flames 4: Fizzled Out

The Predators lost a 2-1 lead to the Flames in just over four minutes of the third period and couldn't tie it up despite a late flurry and (gasp) a power-play goal.

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Though the Nashville Predators took a 2-1 lead in the second period, things fell apart quickly in the third. The Calgary Flames scored two goals in four minutes of the final period. James Neal, everyone's favorite Predator, had two goals for Nashville, because he loves goals almost as much as he loves his hair. Regardless, it was a rough third period, which is not something we've said this year so far.

Random Observations

  • Nystrom had a great chance early in the first off a nifty saucer pass from Bourque, but Hiller saved the (Canadian) bacon.
  • Johnny Gaudreau had an insane deke around Anton Volchenkov. Think Bobby Ryan vs. David Legwand, only substitute a Russian T-90 in place of Legwand.
  • Other than the chance by Nystrom and a slight breakaway by James Neal (which should have resulted in a penalty call), the Predators played on their heels for much of the first. Flames looked the better team.
  • On a better note, several Predators went to a Halloween costume store and it was glorious.
  • The first period trend continued into the second... Sean Monahan slammed home a rebound to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Colin Wilson was in the penalty box at the time after a questionable (read: absurd) goalie interference call. But...
  • Craig Smith answered! Great reaction in front of Hiller to equalize. When he is on, his game is so much fun to watch.
  • After getting their 1st goal on the board, the Preds came to life a bit. They sent a a flurry of shots to the net in a 3 minute span during the 2nd, not many of them on net however. It looked like when you forget to put the bowl under the popcorn maker... just utter chaos.
  • JJJJJAMMMMESSSSS NNNNNEEEEAAALLL... I know it's early, but the Predators single-season goals record looks in danger.
  • My, how things can fall apart. Too much time in the defensive zone, a bad defensive penalty by Ekholm, and a not so difficult shot let in by Rinne. Just like that, 4-2 Calgary.
  • HUGE power-play goal by James Neal. Did I mention anything about that single-season goals record being in danger? If I didnt, yeah... it's in danger.
  • Flames have blocked 36 shots tonight. That's a lot, right? That seems like a lot. Yeeeeaaaahh, that's a lot.
  • The Flames really earned the two points tonight. They seemed to play with an edge and the Predators didn't have enough of a counter punch.
  • Despite the outcome, we are still keeping things festive here at OTF:

OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game

  • Neal, who showed us, yet again, why he is here.
  • Smith, who showed us, yet again, why he is STILL here.
  • Pekka Rinne, who had some great stops, regardless of the Flames 4th goal.

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