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Nashville Predators fall to Winnipeg 5-3

Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg, Manitoba Canada -The Nashville Predators blew a two goal lead to fall to their Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets, 5-3.  With the loss, Nashville relinquishes first place in the division.

Penalties and lack of a power play cost the Predators once again tonight as the Jets took full advantage of their man advantage.

Nashville struck first at 15:21 of the opening period when Viktor Arvidsson took a feed in the circle and ripped a wicked wrister past goalie Laurent Brossoit for the early 1-0 lead.

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) scores a goal past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) scores a goal past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Into the second period, P.K Subban fired a laser at 12:12, taking a pass from Ryan Johansen and Brossoit never saw it coming and Nashville had a 2-0 lead.

But the penalties are costing the Predators as Winnipeg started to take advantage.

At 15:48 of the second period, Mark Scheifele lifted a backhander from in front of the net past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and the power play goal brought the Jets to within a goal, 2-1.

Then at 18:21 of the second, Kyle Connor took a mishandled puck in front of the net to beat Rinne, and the contest was tied, 2-2.  The teams went to the second intermission with the game tied, setting up a fight to the finish in the third.

At 14:09 of the final frame, Blake Wheeler collected a pass from Mark Scheifele and the wrister beat Rinne for the Winnipeg lead, 3-2.  Then at 18:14, Tyler Myers scored the empty netter and Winnipeg took a commanding two goal lead, 4-2.

Nashville still had a chance though at 19:00 of the final frame when Mattias Ekholm scored on a slap shot in front of the net to bring the Predators to within a goal, 4-3.

But it was not to be as Kevin Hayes fired the puck into the Nashville empty net with 32 seconds left in the game, for the final score, 5-3.

Nashville will hit the road to Minnesota for a Sunday night match-up with the Wild and former Predator, Kevin Fiala.  The Predators will then return home on Tuesday night to host the Wild at the Bridgestone Arena.  Puck drops at 7:00pm.

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