The Nashville Predators gave up another two-goal lead on Tuesday night, falling 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena for their fourth straight loss. Conversely, the Ducks made NHL history with their sixth third-period comeback in their first 15 games.
The loss was a tough pill to swallow in the Predators locker room, where the frustration was palpable having lost six of their last seven games and falling to 5-10 and tying the Chicago Blackhawks for last place in the Central Division.
The Predators started off strong from an analytical standpoint, but the eye test proved to govern the first frame with little action. Filip Forsberg continued his heater, netting his seventh of the season with a baseball-style goal 1:03 into the second period to put the Predators up 1-0.
Midway through the second period, defenseman Jeremy Lauzon stepped in to defend Forsberg after taking issue with Radko Gudas’ hit on the Swede. Both Lauzon and Gudas received five-minute fighting majors with an intermediary cross-check putting Nashville on the power play.
Roman Josi extended the Predators lead to 2-0 with an impressive snipe to the top right corner on goaltender John Gibson’s glove side on the power play with less than five minutes left in the period — his third goal of the year.
Cam Fowler got the Ducks on the board minutes later, scoring his second of the season down the right boards off a Marc Del Gaizo deflection. Gudas tied the game 4:11 into the second period with Anaheim capitalizing on Nashville’s inability to close the gaps allowing an odd-man breakaway. Adam Henrique put the Ducks ahead for good with less than four minutes left in regulation.
Below are some post-game thoughts from the Predators locker room following Tuesday night’s loss.
Predators captain Roman Josi discusses the disappointment in the room and what needs to change after Nashville drops its fourth game in a row:
Head coach Andrew Brunette discusses the mental lapses that have led to the disappointing recent results despite some good hockey being played:
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