Tommy Deas Nashville Tennessean
Published 4:10 PM EST Feb 10, 2019
The Predators rallied from behind twice to tie the St. Louis Blues in the third period Sunday but lost 5-4 in overtime at Bridgestone Arena despite two goals from Viktor Arvidsson.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored a hat trick for St. Louis, with the third goal coming 16 seconds into overtime for the game-winner.
The Blues won the puck drop in overtime and cashed in quickly for the win. Ryan Johansen said it was an unfair drop.
“It’s too bad,” he said. “I thought it was a very unfair drop at the end of the game where he drops the puck and my stick’s not down and he’s skating away like it doesn’t matter,” Johansen said. “It totally impacts the game.”
Predators coach Peter Laviolette wasn’t ready to blame the loss on the drop.
“I looked at it quick,” the coach said. “He’s going against a guy who’s pretty good, knows what he’s doing. It seems like he encroached the whole thing from the beginning and Ryan ever got underneath. I didn’t look at it again.”
Arvidsson has scored 24 goals in 34 games this season. His 15 goals since Jan. 1 lead the NHL during that period.
The Predators trailed 3-1 going into the third period. Predators defenseman Roman Josi scored on a wraparound early in the third to cut the margin. Arvidsson scored with just under 14 minutes to go to tie it, but Tarasenko put St. Louis back on top less than a minute later with his second goal of the day.
The Predators tied it again on Filip Forsberg’s unassisted goal with 7:07 to go. It was his 20th goal in 2018-19.
The Blues got the better of a scoring spree that broke out early in the second period to take the lead. The puck found the back of the net four times in a span of less than three minutes, with the Blues scoring three of them. Alex Pietrangelo, Tarasenko and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis in the period.
Arvidsson’s first goal of the day also came during the outburst.
The Blues defeated Nashville 3-2 on Saturday in St. Louis. The Predators have lost consecutive games for the first time since mid-January.
Nashville fell to 33-21-4. St. Louis improved to 27-22-5.
Big number: 22.5. That’s the number of hours between game starts for the Predators and Blues in their back-to-back meetings. Nashville played at St. Louis on Saturday in a 1 p.m. start before the puck dropped at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Bridgestone Arena.
Big name: Kendall Coyne Schofield. The breakout star of the NHL All-Star Weekend speed skating competition was in town along with other top players for the National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game, which was played after the Predators-Blues game.
Quotable: “It’s going to happen whether I like it or not. When these things come up, it doesn’t matter whether we like it or I like it or St. Louis likes it or not. We’re going to have to deal with it.” – Predators coach Peter Laviolette on the early start.
Milestone: Ryan Ellis notched his 200th career point on his assist on Arvidsson’s goal in the second period.
Next: Vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Tennessee/102.5 FM
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