by Jackson Walsh
It felt like the classic movie, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” for the Predators in another road loss 4-3 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators. But we can overlook the final result for a moment, since a Predator loss on this Monday night looked nearly inevitable to start with.
This one started off ugly as the Sens pounced on the Preds early and often. Two goals in the first two shots of the game to draw a quick 2-0 lead where Rinne looked uncharacteristically beaten and the defense was nonexistent. The first score came on almost a fluke goal 2:25 into the contest as the puck barely slid across the line off the stick of Maxime Lajoie followed by Brady Tkachuk firing in the second.
Tkachuk’s goal came off a beautifully orchestrated tic-tac-toe between him and Mark Stone, but wait there’s more. Ryan Dzingel added yet another tally off a quick flick over the shoulder of Rinne, 3-0 Sens. That would be all for Rinne.
Taking the crease at the beginning of the 2nd, Juice had Rinne’s back from then on. The “Good” in all this is that this is that the Preds mounted an unexpected comeback. Especially in the midst of your number one goaltender being sidelined before the end of the opening period.
The first sign of life for the Predators was when Captain Roman Josi notched a power play goal off a good hard rebound to start chipping away 5:37 in the second period. The power play once again excelled, finally, as Craig Smith too would add a man advantage goal with a laser beam off his wrist, 3-2. Oh boy, here we go.
Josi found the back of the net again to tie the game at the 6:56 mark in the net clinking a back door screen tip off the post and in. This was all fun and games to get a little mojo back, but the “bad” was that the party ended when Thomas Chalbot found his shot. A short side shot 21 seconds into overtime.
But the game wasn’t without merit. Not only did Nashville get the point which drew them even with the Jets in the Central Division and with the Flames in the Western Conference, but they also have some spark going into the Windy City. Their next game, against the Blackhawks is a very possible road win, given how Chicago’s season has gone so far, but the boys needed some focus. Pekka will more than likely guard the net again, and really no more changes have to be made. Just better hockey throughout. There is some good news on the horizon though. Both PK Subban and Viktor Arvidsson have joined the team on this road trip which signals their eminent return to the ice.