Nashville Predators fall short in overtime loss to Ottawa 4-3
Ottawa Ontario, Canada – The Nashville Predators made a valiant effort to dig themselves out of a three-goal deficit tonight, only to lose in overtime against the Ottawa Senators, 4-3.
The Predators found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period of play, causing coach Peter Laviolette to pull Pekka Rinne from goal to begin the second period.
The move sent a strong message to his team that he wasn’t happy with their lazy play of the opening frame.
Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) battles for the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
Maxime Lajoie got the Senators on the board first at 2:25 of the first period when his shot from the point trickled past Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.
Brady Tkachuk then took a pass from Mark Stone across the crease for the easy tap in at 5:22 of the first, and suddenly Ottawa had a 2-0 lead.
The Senators kept the pressure on the Predators for the entire first period, catching Nashville out of position and exposing their goalie to the Ottawa onslaught.
Then at 19:48 of the first period, just as the teams were getting ready for the first intermission, Ryan Dzingel sliced through the porous Predators defense, and flipped a shot over the shoulder of Rinne and suddenly the rout was on. Ottawa took a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
When the teams returned to the ice for the second period, Pekka Rinne was benched, and Juuse Saros took his place in net. Nashville was a different team during this period.
“The” captain, Roman Josi finally put the Predators on the board at 5:37 of the second period, when he found a rebound in the circle and fired a shot past Ottawa goaltender, Craig Anderson, and Nashville was finally on the scoreboard. The power play goal made the score, 3-1.
Nashville dominated the second period but were unable to close the gap any further, and the period ended with Ottawa leading Nashville, 3-1.
To start the third period, Nashville came out with guns blazing. Craig Smith took a pass from Roman Josi just 46 seconds into the period and ripped a shot past Anderson and suddenly the Predators were within a goal of the Senators, 3-2.
Nashville continued their attack on the Senators, trying to even the score when at 6:56 of the final period, Josi scored his second goal of the game when his pass toward the front of the net was deflected into the net and suddenly we had a new game, tied 3-3.
The overtime period began with Nashville winning the opening face-off to control the puck. After getting their attack organized, Ryan Johansen misplayed the puck at the blue line, and Ottawa pounced on it. Thomas Chabot took the puck and fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Saros and suddenly the game was over, 4-3.
The score came just 21 seconds into the extra period.
While the final score was a let down, the Predators managed to come away with a point on the night. The Predators will travel to Chicago and play the Blackhawks tomorrow night. Puck drops at 7:30.