Clarksville, Tn — The Nashville Predators fell to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a game that went to a shootout after the two teams were tied 1-1 through the overtime period.
The Predators had seven power plays on the night and couldn’t convert on any of those opportunities.
The power play continues to plague Nashville and it was the teams weak link tonight.
Nashville was playing without one of its stars, Viktor Arvidsson who was a recovering from a hit he received during Saturday’s Dallas Stars victory.
Arvidsson is key to the Predators power play.
Anaheim Ducks left wing Pontus Aberg (20) moves in for the puck against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Honda Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Predators also were without P.K Subban for most of the first period and returned in the second period with no word on why he remained in the locker room.
The first goal of the game came at 19:30 of the second period as the teams were about to go to break, when Ryan Getzlaf scored on a bullet fired past Pekka Rinne and the Ducks led 1-0 at the break.
Kevin Fiala evened the score for the Predators at 3:07 of the third period when his one timer blistered past Anaheim goalie John Gibson for the 1-1 score.
The teams played even the rest of the period and neither were able to break through during the three on three overtime so it was time for a shootout.
Former Predator Pontus Aberg scored first for the Ducks, followed by the equalizer from Kyle Turris for Nashville and the shootout was tied at 1-1.
It took five rounds of the shootout before the Ducks scored on Rickard Rakell’s game winner.
The Predators did manage to claim a point in the contest and will be back on the ice tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks. Game time is 9:00pm central time.
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