The Nashville Predators have been a good team for about 30 minutes of a hockey game lately. Tonight, it was more like 20 minutes. The Nashville Predators were defeated 3-2 by the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. With the loss, the Predators once again lost ground in the Western Conference and currently sit in 11th with 75 points.
The Preds got on the board first when Martin Erat scored to give them the lead in the 1st period. Mark Giordano tallied a power-play goal at 7:15 of the period to tie the game. However, Ryan Suter would answer for the Preds at 15:58 of the 1st period to give the Preds a 2-1 lead.
The 2nd period was completely dominated by Calgary. Jarome Iginla scored a penalty shot goal on a beautiful move that beat Pekka Rinne. The Flames outshot the Predators 13-4 in the period.
In the 3rd period, the Flames outshot the Preds 14-10 and would score the only goal in the period. David Legwand had the puck in the Predators' offensive zone but got it stolen. The Flames would go down and Curtis Glencross would score the game-winning goal for the Flames.
Leftover thoughts from Calgary:
Pekka Rinne still has not beaten the Calgary Flames in his career. He's 0-3-2 in his career against them.
David Legwand and his turnovers are killing this team lately. He had one against Chicago that led to the Marion Hossa goal, and he had another one tonight that led to the Glencross goal.
I do not see the sense of urgency from this team in the 3rd period. If we haven't seen it by now, I don't think we're going to see it.
The Preds will take on the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. There's no other way to say it. The Preds absolutely must win that game.