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Nashville Predators 3, Anaheim Ducks 4 (SO): Another Lead Disappears, But Hey... A Point

Given how the last two games have gone, that’s not nothing.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators lost their third game in a row, this time 4-3 to the Ducks in a shootout. The Preds held a 3-1 lead at one point, but the Ducks stormed back and took this thing to overtime. From there, Patrick Eaves scored the only shootout goal and the Ducks came away with the extra point.

The Preds certainly got this one started off right with goals from Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis in the first seven minutes of the game. It was one of the better starts to a game for the Preds in a while, and they kept the pressure on the Ducks for most of the period. Eventually the Ducks would get on the board when Ryan Kesler put home a rebound in front of Pekka Rinne and it was 2-1 going into the first intermission.

The 2nd period, normally a cash cow for the Preds, was not great. Though the Preds did get a shorthanded goal from Filip Forsberg to go up 3-1, the Ducks dominated the majority of the period. They tied the game with goals from Nick Ritchie and Rickard Rakell.

The final frame was frenetic and stressful. The Ducks were hounding the Preds zone once again and had many chances to score early on. Somehow they didn’t score and the game went into overtime. Pekka Rinne’s 38 saves in regulation were a huge reason why. He had to make one more in the overtime frame before going to a shootout. Each side sent five skaters out there, but only Anaheim’s Patrick Eaves was able to score and the Ducks won 4-3.

Pekka Rinne was the only reason the Preds pulled out a point in this one. He held the door shut over the last 25 minutes or so with the Ducks absolutely dominating the puck.

This is the third game in a row that the Preds have looked like the weaker competition on the ice. This is an alarming trend. Can they continue to play this way and hope to make the postseason?

Random Observations

  • Ellis is back! Fantastic news. He’s been a huge part of this team’s scoring from the blueline. He’s also been great on the power play.
  • Ah, good, a fight from Cody McLeod.
  • WILLY!! There’s that backhand! And holy cow, what a pass from James Neal. Falling down and still manages to get it to Wilson in front.
  • Preds on the power play now and RYAN ELLIS, back from his little one game vacay, puts it in net. He’s got 12 goals now, which leads all Preds defensemen.
  • In honor of Dan:
  • The Ducks get one back on the power play. Rinne should have caught the puck, but it deflects right to Kesler.
  • More fighting? Yes, more fighting.
  • Just what in the hell does Corey Perry think he’s doing?
  • This 2nd period has been a bit of a bore.
  • You know what is never a bore? Filip Forsberg. Dude has been absolute money and rips yet another goal, this time shorthanded.
  • Somehow the Ducks just completely flipped the script on this game. That or the Preds completely took their foot off the gas pedal.
  • Nick Ritchie gets the Ducks within one and then Rickard Rakell ties it.
  • That was one BADDDDD 10 minutes of hockey.
  • This 3rd period is too stressful for me.
  • I have no idea AT ALL how the Preds got this game to overtime. They pretty much did nothing for the last 30 minutes of this game and the Ducks had so many quality chances. Rinne was big in net, for sure.
  • Forsberg had two glorious chances to score in OT and didn’t. Bernier came up big.
  • Shootout: Silfverberg-stopped!, Ellis-stopped as well, Getzlaf-hit the post!, Neal-stopped, Rakell-missed the net, Forsberg-missed the net too, Perry-STOPPED, Arvidsson-stopped, Eaves-scores, Johansen-stopped

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Pekka Rinne: 39 saves and the owner of tonight’s point
  2. Filip Forsberg: a nice shorthanded goal and had a couple really nice chances in the OT period
  3. Calle Jarnkrok: two assists, including the one to get Forsberg the shorty

Tweets of the Night

[There were several tweets invoking an infernal hatred of Corey Perry. While most of them are good tweets, they are also mostly NSFW. Simply do a Twitter search for “Corey Perry” + any curse word and you will find some good tweets]

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