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Nashville Predators 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 6: Nashville’s Comeback Hopes Diminished By Goal Controversy

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After a rough start Nashville looked alive until a penalty derailed their comeback.

Nashville Predators v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Things started horribly for the Predators Saturday night facing off against the backend of their back to back against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you need a recap of how it went, just read Friday night’s game recap, because it looked like we were in for a repeat. When the Preds went down 3-0 in the first period, the internet immediately reached for the panic button.

The Preds decision to start Juuse Saros was a bit of a head scratcher considering how early he was sent in to relieve Pekka Rinne the night before. The start was short lived for the young goaltender, with Rinne coming in for relief before the end of the second. While it’s been a rough stretch for the team as a whole, this back-to-back against the Penguins has really raised some question concerning Nashville’s goaltending. Is it a defense problem or are Rinne and Saros a bit out of synch this season?

Just when it looked like this game was completely lost and he Preds were down 4-1 the team started to come alive.

While the Preds rallied to tie up the game, the Penguins never let off the gas. A penalty call on Austin Watson turned the momentum late in the third, and gave the Penguins the tie-breaking goal that would end up costing the Nashville the game.

Nashville opted to pull the goalie in hopes of another last minute goal to re-tie the game, but the Penguins ended up with the empty-net goal absolutely deflating what was left of the Predator’s momentum. That was not the ending the Preds or the fans for hoping for to close out 2019.

Nashville heads to the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Dallas. Save travels to all the Preds fans and OTF readers heading to Texas for the game.