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Nashville Predators 4, New Jersey Devils 5: Preds Blow 3 Goal Lead, Still Can’t Figure Out OT

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The Preds closed out November as the hottest team in the League. How would they begin December?

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The Nashville Predators closed out November with a 9-3-2 record. December didn’t start out the way they would have liked, losing 5-4 in overtime to New Jersey at Bridgestone Arena. It was the Preds second overtime loss at home this season.

Kevin Fiala got the scoring started late in the first period on a deflection from Matt Irwin. Moments later, Taylor Hall batted a puck past Pekka Rinne to tie the game 1-1. Not to be outdone, P.K. Subban drove home his sixth goal of the season, and fifth at Bridgestone Arena to give the Preds a 2-1 lead after one.

One goal wasn’t enough for Fiala, who tapped in his second of the game - set up by a beautiful pass from Craig Smith. With three goals already, the fans began chanting “we want frosty’s.” Roman Josi obliged running the Preds lead to 4-1.

Mike Cammalleri scores just 25 seconds into the third period to cut the Preds lead to 4-2. Literally seconds after that, Andy Greene scored to cut the Preds lead down to one goal. Adam Henrique scored his fifth goal of the season and at 12:37 of the third period what looked like a sure Predators win turned into a tie game. Nobody was able to close it out in the final minutes and overtime was needed.

The Preds dominated the possession for much of the overtime period but were not able to do much with it. With 18 seconds left, the Devils completed the comeback taking this one 5-4.

Random Observations

  • The mustache of Michael Liambas is legendary
  • There are a lot of whiffs, whistles, and what the’s in this game
  • Kevin Fiala coming on strong the last couple of games
  • The Subban-for-Weber trade that appeared lopsided for the first 15 games or so of the season is now becoming more even with every goal Pernell Karl racks up at Bridgestone Arena
  • A boring period of hockey for about 18 minutes, then three goals. But the Preds have a 2-1 lead
  • Fiala has his second goal of the game! Is he finally breaking out? One thing is for sure, he does not want to go back down to Milwaukee
  • Hey Josi, I like the things you doooooo. He Josi, if I could I would be you.
  • When this team is clicking they are very, very hard to beat
  • Viktor Arvidsson may only be 5-foot-11 but he covers every single inch of the ice
  • That was quick. Cammalleri scores 25 seconds into the third period
  • Andy Greene just scored and the Devils climb to within one. It suddenly got a little warm inside Bridgestone
  • Tie game. Ugh, can we go back to November?
  • Uh-oh, overtime...
  • Seriously, this team needs to do something in overtime

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Kevin Fiala - after a brief stint in Milwaukee, Fiala is doing his best to show the Preds that Nashville is where he belongs. Fiala scored his third goal in the last two games and recorded his second multi-goal game of the season.
  2. P.K. Subban - P.K. definitely enjoys playing in front of the Bridgestone Arena crowd. Of Subban’s six goals this season, five of them have come at home. He and Mattias Ekholm are forming one heck of a defensive duo.
  3. Roman Josi - Josi had a quietly good game. His booming slap shot put the Preds up 4-1 and made sure fans had a tasty treat to enjoy after the game.

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