A seamless three-goal comeback win was basically in the bag for the Predators tonight, but at 0.01 in the third period, Max Pacioretty presented a different ending. The Preds went on to lose to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime.
Some good things: Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund both scored a goal and an assist apiece, and Roman Josi notched two assists. The Preds didn't score on either of their two power play chances, but they also didn't give up any goals on the penalty kill, which is a monumental relief.
The salvaged point from going into overtime hardly means a thing when you were unable to protect the lead. I, like most people, can't comprehend why Dan Hamhuis was on the ice at all after Vegas pulled Malcolm Subban for the extra attacker. Regardless, weak puck-handling- or perhaps a general unawareness of the clock- against the boards led to a takeaway by Reilly Smith. A swarm of Golden Knights converged on Juuse Saros and scored the equalizer in an impressive collective effort, leaving all but two Preds skaters sprawled on the ice.
Paul Stastny's eventual game-winning goal came off a delayed pass from Calle Jarnkrok in the Preds' offensive zone. Before the puck even went into the net, you could tell Stastny and Nate Schmidt had it in the bag on their thousand-yard breakaway.
Winning a third straight game would have been nice, considering the skid the Preds just managed to wean themselves off of. But Vegas deserved that one. They really did. And the Preds deserved what they got too.
The Preds will take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh the day after Thanksgiving.