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Predators find themselves in all-too-familiar first period deficit in loss against Avalanche

Roman Josi

Jan 18, 2014


Nashville acquired veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the week for forward Matt Hendricks in hopes to boost their goaltending efforts over the remainder of the season until starting netminder Pekka Rinne has the opportunity to return from the bacterial infection that has kept him sidelined since late October. Dubnyk’s first start in a Predators uniform allowed him to experience first-hand an unfortunately common occurrence this season for Nashville.

For the sixth time this year, the Predators found themselves trailing their opposition by three goals in the first period. While Nashville has been able to come back and take one of those games to overtime (a 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal on December 21st), all the rest have ended in regulation losses for the Predators.

“We can’t get down 3-0 and play like that in the first period, we just have to be better,” said Predators defenseman Roman Josi. “We just didn’t win enough battles in the beginning, they out worked us down low and they capitalized on it. It was just not good enough how we started the game.”

After a scoreless first six minutes into the first period, which included Eric Nystrom and Cody McLeod dropping the gloves 49 seconds in, the Avalanche netted goals from Holden, Hejda, and Landeskog in the next six minutes for their 3-0 lead. One could argue that two, possibly even all three, of Colorado’s goals could be attributed to the “luck of the bounce”, however the Predators were very clear that their effort has to be stronger in the opening period.

“I thought in the first period, we weren’t really good. I thought we got outcompeted around the net, and a couple of our defensemen weren’t good tonight. After the first period, we stabilized and then had a great second period,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “We battled back, but that fourth goal was painful and it dug a hole, and then five. We were doing enough good things in terms of our game, but the first period was not very good.”

“We played well after the first period, I think. In the second and third they didn’t get a lot of chances. They scored quickly in the third, but after that we showed a lot of character,” said Josi. “We have to play like that whole game, it can’t happen that we start like that and get down 3-0. It’s tough in this league to come back.”

Patric Hornqvist scored a powerplay goal in the second period for the Predators, on the two-man advantage, to cut Colorado’s lead to 3-1. The Avalanche would score two more goals in the third period to make it 5-1 before Nashville netted three unanswered goals to give the sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena a thrilling final two minutes of action. However, in the end, the early deficit for the Predators was too high of a hill to climb back from before the Avalanche had a chance to stretch their lead.

“I think we were not ready in the first period and to come from behind 3-0 is hard to come back in the game after that, but we stayed together and we stayed really hard and actually played a really good 40 minute game,” said Predators forward Patric Hornqvist. “In this league you have to play 60 minutes and we were not ready in the first period and that’s something we have to learn from and be better here on Monday.”

“I think the second and third periods were positive, we started playing and we started to win the battles. You see that if you play the right way and you get the chances you are going to score some goals, but like I said we just didn’t do it in the first,” said Josi.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua

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