by Jackson Walsh
For the second time on the Canadian road trip, the Predators tie the game and force extra hockey, but cannot get it done in the overtime period, this time falling to the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
The game started out very fast in Nashville’s favor when Canada’s favorite Predator P.K. Subban found the back of the net 34 seconds into the contest. Off a strong forecheck, Subban wristed the puck off the skate of a defender into a wide open net to the side of Craig Andersen.
Christopher DiDomenico started the seesaw battle that ensued between the two teams, tying the game at one after a well executed feed in front of the net from Ryan Dzingel. The Preds were not done in the first, as Calle Jarnkrok added a tally off a sharp angle pass from Nick Bonino 18:05 to make it 2-1 in favor of the Preds.
Ottawa tied it up again 2-2, frustrating Saros, as Max McCormick, while tumbling down on the ice, fit it just between the legs of Juuse into the corner of the net. The Sens then took a 3-2 advantage when Magnus Paajarvi, off a sharp rebound, put it into a wide open area of the net. There was no chance for Saros to save it.
The Predators built pressure around Andersen late in the contest, which ended in P.K. Subban once again getting on the score sheet to tie the game 3-3, as some visiting gold fans jumped out of their seats. The goal 15:42 into the third helped Nashville gain yet another point, the 11th of the last 12 games where the Preds have earned at least one.
Overtime was full of chances for Nashville, however one rebound was stolen in front of the Ottawa net that led to the game winning goal the other way on Mike Hoffman’s breakaway, leading to his 100th career goal to give the Senators a 4-3 win three minutes into the extra period. A nail-biting grinder that didn’t go our way yet again.
With Winnipegs 4-3 win over Arizona last night, both teams currently sit atop the Central at 73 points a piece, with the Jets playing St. Louis tonight and the Predators continuing the Canadian road trip against, well, the Canadiens on Saturday. The dead heat race for the Central Division title continues.
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