A three goal third period wasn't enough to make up for an early deep deficit and shaky goaltending as the Predators dropped a decision to the Colorado Avalanche in Devan Dubnyk's franchise start. Preds fans realized early why the Oilers were so willing to part ways with Dubnyk as he allowed three goals in six minutes to put the Preds well behind the eight ball in the first period. While those three were arguably not entirely his fault, goals four and five, scored while the Predators were staging their impressive comeback, most definitely were. Nashville did manage to put four goals past Varlamov and had some phenomenal third period pressure but it didn't do the trick and they added another notch to the L column.
Nashville began their attempts at a comeback after a high hit by Landeskog, that was called a high stick, generated a 5 on 3 opportunity for the team. Hornqvist was able to bang one home early on the two man advantage but the Predators couldn't find a second goal for the minute and a half of 5-4 to follow.
They left the ice with all kinds of momentum, but the start of the third saw them fall to a 5-1 deficit. They were able to claw their way back to a one goal game and had Josi and Hornqvist with very good chances at tying it up with the extra skater on. Despite the loss, the sold out Bridgestone arena was delighted and motivated by the effort.
– Not the start we were hoping for from Devan Dubnyk. The fourth goal was a wrister from the blue line through heavy traffic that just trickled through. The fifth goal, on the powerplay, was from a terrible angle.
– It will be very interesting to see who Trtotz goes with next game. My gut says that Dubnyk will be in nets, but Hutton has had a couple of hot games and I wouldn't be surprised if Trotz tries to ride that wave, despite having acquired the new tender.
– Ellis and Josi were the only players with two points tonight. Ellis had an unassisted goal and an assist on the Josi goal. He's been on a nifty little point streak of late with two goals and four assists in his last six games.
– Preds are missing the services of Kevin Klein, who has been out with a flu the last two games. A bottom four of Jones, Ekholm, Bartley and Elis is simply not good enough.
– Stalberg recorded his 15th point, and assist, in 11 minutes of ice time on the Clune/Gaustad/Stalberg line
1 – 0 COL Nick Holden (3) from MacKinnon and Stastny at 6:21 in the first
2 – 0 COL Jan Hejda (6) from Mitchell and Talbot at 11:27 in the first
3 – 0 COL Gabriel Landeskog (14) from Stastny and MacKinnon at 12:05 in the first
3 – 1 COL Patrick Hornqvist (10) on the powerplay from Fisher and Legwand at 14:36 in the second
4 – 1 COL Nick Holden (4) from Mitchell and McLeod at 2:31 in the third
5 – 1 COL Matt Duchene (17) on the powerplay from Holden and O'Reilly at 6:31 in the third
5 – 2 COL Craig Smith (15) from Spaling and Josi at 8:14 in the third
5 – 3 COL Ryan Ellis (3) Unassisted at 12:45 in the third
5 – 4 COL Roman Josi (5) from Stalberg and Ellis at 17:03 in the third
NSH: Devan Dubnyk (W) – 24 saves on 29 shots; played 58:57
COL: Semyon Varlamov (W) – 27 saves on 31 shots; played 60:00
My Three Stars
1. Nick Holden: 2 Goals and 1 Assist
2. Paul Stastny: 2 assists
3. Roman Josi: 1 goal, 1 assist
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Klein
Predators starters: Wilson, Fisher, Hornqvist, Jones, Ekholm, Dubnyk
Avalanche scratches: Stollery
Avalanche starters: Stastny, Mackinnon, Landeskog, Johnson, Hejda, Varlamov