The Nashville Predators lost their second game of the year to the San Jose Sharks in heartbreaking fashion. Nashville also lost their five-game win streak, and their second game at home this year.
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San Jose’s Meier struck first on the power play. Wrestling with P.K. Subban and Juuse Saros in front of the net, he tapped the puck in to give the Sharks the early lead. Arvidsson later controlled a loose puck on a breakaway and slid the puck past Martin Jones.
The second period was all Nashville. Forsberg slipped the puck across the goal line in the opening minute, and the Predators took the lead. A spectacular goal from Hertl tied the game up, but Nashville didn’t back down. On one of their breakaways, Arvidsson and Johansen were stumped by Jones, until Forsberg retrieved the puck and fed Arvidsson in the crease- 3-2 Nashville. Arvidsson and Smith created a 2-on-1 late in the period, resulting in a Smith celebration and a two-goal lead for the Predators.
Nashville imploded in the third period.
Dillon went end to end shorthanded, sliced through the lackadaisical Nashville defense, and surprised Saros with a shot that went through his blocker to pull San Jose within one. Pavelski scored a minute later, and Burns slapped one through Saros on the power play nearing the end of the game. San Jose’s incredible comeback ruined Nashville’s five-game win streak.
No goals on four attempts for Nashville, whereas San Jose capitalized on two man-advantages, and even once shorthanded. Nashville’s penalty kill and power play are not playing well at this time.
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The first line was absolutely dynamite against San Jose, considering how all four goals were accredited to at least one of the three on the JOFA line. Arvidsson netted two, Forsberg netted one, and Arvidsson assisted Smith- not to mention Forsberg’s and Johansen’s assists.
Was this Saros’ best performance? No, but he made some great saves at crucial parts of the game. While some of the goals allowed seem uncharacteristic of him, no confidence should be lost in his abilities.
Every line except the first line seemed lethargic. Shot totals were lopsided- the first line recorded eleven, however, lines 2-4 combined to tally just seven shots. One line cannot win a game.
A hockey game is 60 minutes, not 50. Nashville was out-shot, out-skated, and out-played in the third period. A good team like San Jose will undoubtedly storm back into a game if allowed.
No team can win every game, and all win streaks come to an end. It may seem like a broken record, but special teams continue to plague Nashville. That being said, they’re still 7-2-0, and the opportunities will present themselves for the Predators.
Also, I’m still not used to Arvidsson’s face mask. Same guy, fewer teeth.
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-Jack Woods covers the Nashville Predators and the Central Division for Fullpresscoverage.com. You can follow Jack on Twitter at @jack_woods15, and follow the Full Press Coverage Nashville Predators on Twitter at @FPC_Predators