Predators lose second straight game in extra time.

The Nashville Predators played visitor to the Ottawa Senators in the second game of a back-to-back on Thursday and for the third straight game the contest went into overtime. And, just like on Wednesday night, the Predators fell in the extra period. The Sens picked up the win by a count of 4-3.

P.K.Subban was the man of the night for the Predators as he lit the lamp twice which gave him 15 goals on the year tying his career high. Calle Jarnkrok was the other goal scorer for Nashville while Juuse Saros picked up the loss in net.

It took the Predators only 34 seconds to grab a 1-0 lead. Subban flipped a shot towards the net and the puck took a bounce off of an Ottawa defender’s skate and into the back of the net.

The Sens and Preds played somewhat of a slower pace following the Subban goal, but Ottawa was able to knot things up at the eight minute mark with Chris DiDomenico zipping a shot home from the slot after a poor play behind the Nashville net.

Just before the end of the first frame the Preds re-took their lead with Nick Bonino sliding over a cross-crease pass to a cutting Jarnkrok and the Swedish forward corralled the puck off of his skate and onto his stick blade to light the lamp. After 20 minutes of action the Preds had 10 shots on net while the Senators managed eight.

Ottawa was the side that came out of the gates flying in the middle frame. Max McCormick was able to tie things up at 2-2 just past the four minute mark of the period which was followed up by a Magnus Paajarvi goal giving the Sens their first lead. Both goals were ones Saros would probably want back, but in particular the Paajarvi goal. He seemed to make the initial stop but the puck leaked out allowing him to pull off the wrap around.

The second period was not kind to Nashville. During 5-on-5 play, the Preds had only 13 shot attempts with just four of those ultimately being on target. The Senators had 14 shots on net.

The Predators were the aggressors from the opening puck drop in the final period and finally tied things up just under the five minute mark. Scott Hartnell laid off a puck just outside the faceoff circle and Subban came in with a blast that got through the traffic and fired into the net for his second tally of the contest.

Subban’s goal took the game into overtime. The extra period was wide open with both teams creating chances, but Ottawa seemed to have the extra step. Mike Hoffman showed his extra gear on the game winner with the breakaway goal in which he slid the puck between the legs of Saros.

Despite the loss, the Predators have picked up a point in 13 of their last 14 games played. The road trip has been relatively kind for Nashville as well as it has gone 1-0-2 with all efforts coming from behind without Filip Forsberg as he served his three-game suspension.

Forsberg will return to the lineup on Saturday as the Preds take on the Montreal Canadiens at 6:30 p.m. CST.

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