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Nashville Predators continue their slide with loss to the Vancouver Canucks 6-3

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators can’t seem to break out of their slump as they fall to the Vancouver Canucks, 6-3. 

A series of bad breaks, and undisciplined penalties, afforded Vancouver the opportunity to score at will on the power play to defeat the Predators tonight.

Nashville out shot their opponent, 48-23, but couldn’t find the back of the net against Jacob Markstrom in goal for the Canucks.

Pekka Rinne was pulled by the Predators to start the third period in favor of Juuse Saros, who held Vancouver scoreless in the final frame.  The only score for Vancouver coming on an empty netter for the final score.

Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne

Nashville Predators fall to the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 (Michael Strasinger)

This is the sixth loss in a row for the Predators who haven’t won since November 4th against the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryan Johansen got the Predators off to an early 1-0 lead at 8:07 of the first period on a breakaway goal, beating Markstrom to put Nashville in the lead.  Getting the early lead has been something the Predators haven’t been able to do of late.

Goals by Elias Pettersson and Tyler Graovac gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead after the first.  Both scores were on the power play.

Callie Jarnkrok then brought the Predators even at 4:56 of the second period with a power play goal of his own and the score was tied, 2-2.  But that was when the scoring stopped for Nashville as Vancouver reeled off three straight goals for the 5-2 lead.

Matt Duchene would give Nashville a fighting chance at 8:31 of the final frame when he tapped in a goal to make it 5-3, but that would be all she wrote for the Predators, and the slide continues.

The empty netter from Tanner Pearson at 17:58 of the third period would give us the final score, 6-3.

Vancouver would score on five of their six power play opportunities tonight as the Predators took some undisciplined penalties putting pressure on their already weak penalty killing squad.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier as the Predators head to St. Louis on Saturday night to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues, then return home on Monday night to host St. Louis at 7:00pm.


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