Predators blow big lead to Devils, lose 5-4 in overtime

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Coming off a hot November that saw the Nashville Predators win 9 out of 14 games while earning points in 11 of them, the team was beaming with confidence heading into their game with the New Jersey Devils.

Things started out nicely for the Preds after Kevin Fiala scored the games opening goal to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.

With under a minute left in the first period, the Predators jumped out front again when PK Subban scored his sixth goal of the season. That gave the Preds a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.

The second period was even better for Nashville as they added two more scores, a second goal from Fiala, followed by a big slap shot from Roman Josi. They left the ice up 4-1 heading into to the third period.

That’s when things started to get dicey for Nashville. The Devils scored three straight goals capped off by Adam Henrique to send the game to overtime.

The game then went back and forth before Mike Cammalleri finished a 2 on 1 break with the game winning goal. That goal capped a 5-4 overtime win for New Jersey.

This is the fourth loss in overtime for the Predators this season. Although they earned a point in the standings, it was a bitter end to a 3-goal lead in the third period.

“I thought that we had plenty of opportunity to win once it was 4-3 to get the fifth one kept pushing, kept attacking it didn’t happen,” stated head coach Peter Laviolette, “It’s an ugly, ugly way to lose a game, and it’s a terrible feeling for everyone involved.”

The Predators have a chance for redemption tomorrow in the second of a back-to-back game against the Philadelphia Flyers.