The Nashville Predators made a late push, but it wasn't enough as they fell by a 4-3 final to the Boston Bruins as both clubs opened the 2017-18 regular season on Thursday night at TD Garden.
When analyzing reasons for the loss, a lack of speed throughout the evening was at the top of Nashville's list. The Preds managed to score twice within the final two minutes of regulation to make things interesting, but that didn't provide much solace to the group in their first game back after last season's run.
"Just the speed of our game, they were just a little faster on every puck and we just have to be faster and play with more speed," Captain Roman Josi said. "We didn't play well throughout the game, and they were definitely the better team."
"It's a good look in the mirror, I think," Nashville Head Coach Pete Laviolette said. "Good look in the mirror."