The breaks have been going the Nashville Predators’ way more often than not over the last four-plus weeks, but that wasn’t the case in the first period of Thursday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Corralling a loose puck along the boards, Flyers forward Bobby Brink sent a pass back behind the Predators net. As Nashville defenseman Alex Carrier skated over to defend Philly forward Morgan Frost, the puck ricocheted off Frost’s skate, bounced up in the air and over the Predators net and banked in off the back of goaltender Juuse Saros.
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Morgan Frost gets things started for the Flyers just 91 seconds into the game. pic.twitter.com/zzXGUSQuGD
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The 28-year-old Finn never had a shot at a save as the puck bounced perfectly between his back and the crossbar. It was Frost’s fourth goal of the year and his first since a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 30.
Fortunately for the Predators, they answered just 1:05 into the second period with a short-handed goal from Cole Smith, his fifth of the year (a new career high) to tie it 1-1. Sean Couturier and Philip Tomasino traded goals 39 seconds apart later in the second period to make it 2-2 at time of publication.