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Predators have to step up game after another loss

Trail Sharks 2-0 in series but play next two games at home

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- The Nashville Predators would prefer a different scenario than heading home in a 2-0 hole in their Western Conference Second Round series against the San Jose Sharks.

But that's the reality they face after a 3-2 loss in Game 2 at SAP Center on Sunday.

It's a reality they will begin dealing with Monday as they prepare for Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports).

"No one is hitting the panic button in here," said center Ryan Johansen, who scored a 6-on-5 goal with four seconds left Sunday. "There is still a lot of hockey left to be played. We know it is going to be challenging and they know it is going to be challenging.

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"We just have to find ways to get a little better and win hockey games -- bottom line."

The Predators need to look no further than the first round to see there is a way back. The Anaheim Ducks, the Pacific Division champions, had the Predators one loss away from elimination in the first round. Instead, the Predators won the next two games.

That is the blueprint they must follow now. The Predators need to treat Game 3 of the second-round series the way they treated Game 6 of the first-round series.

"It doesn't matter who is up 2-0 or down 2-0. One team has to get four wins, so the season is far from over," Nashville defenseman Roman Josi said. "We just have to be better at home and win some games."

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The Predators are happy to be going home.

They have not been in Nashville since Tuesday, when they left for Game 7 against Anaheim. After defeating the Ducks 2-1 on Wednesday, the Predators flew straight to San Jose for Game 1 of this series on Friday.

Nashville has played nine games, six on the road, in 19 days.

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