Shea Weber scored in his return, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Nashville Predators by a 2-1 final in overtime at Bridgestone Arena. Max Pacioretty got the winner for the Canadiens, sending Nashville's record to 16-14-7 overall and 0-4 in overtime this season.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 41 saves on the night, with the Canadiens outshooting Nashville 43-23, a stat not necessarily indicative of how the entire game played out. Nonetheless, the Preds found themselves on the wrong side of the scoresheet when all was said and done, another frustrating result.
Video: Josi, Ellis and Rinne talk Nashville's OT loss
"There are always some games that stick out that you wish you could do over - this would be one of them," Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We were not quick enough, we turned the puck over too much, and we didn't get the performances that we need. If it weren't for Pekka in net, we wouldn't have a point right now."
After Kevin Fiala gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with less than a minute remaining in the second period, the former Preds captain, Weber, evened the score in the third period with a wrist shot that beat Rinne. Later, it was Pacioretty who iced it with 30 seconds to play in overtime.
Video: Peter Laviolette discusses his team's OT loss
"It's not only about us, it's also about the other team," Rinne said. "I thought that Montreal was skating really good tonight. I'm sure they wanted to play for Shea and it showed. They were more desperate. We've been struggling with consistency. Consistency is one of the things that we're still looking for."
"I wouldn't say it's a step back," defenseman Ryan Ellis said of the loss after a 4-0 win on Friday in St. Louis. "Obviously, they outshot us, but we've been in a lot of close games lately. We seem to be in a lot of overtimes in the last 10 games. We have to find a way to win those games, because at the end of the day, it's those extra points that are going to get you further up the table."
Video: The Preds honor former captain Shea Weber
The Smashville faithful gave the warmest of welcomes to former captain Shea Weber, who was skating on Bridgestone Arena ice for the first time since being traded in June.
A loud cheer that erupted as Weber was announced as one of the game's starters fed into an emotional video tribute at the first television timeout of the game, accompanied by a lengthy standing ovation from the Nashville crowd.
"It's very cool," Rinne said of the tribute. "He was such a big part of this organization and the community. It was a nice job by the organization. He's very well respected here, and among the fans. It was cool to see that, and the reaction from the fans."
The Preds have earned at least one point in each of their last 10 games against the Canadiens.
Prior to Tuesday's game, Preds defenseman P.K. Subban was named captain of the 2017 Central Division NHL All-Star Team. Subban is the first Predators player to ever be named captain of an NHL All-Star Team.
The Preds will head to the Sunshine State for a back-to-back set beginning Thursday night in Tampa Bay before facing the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Nashville will conclude the three-game trip on Sunday evening in Chicago.