Mikael Granlund scored his first goal as member of the Predators, but it wasn't enough as Nashville fell to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 5-3 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The loss snaps Nashville's two-game win streak and sees the Canes sweep the two-game season series.
The Predators and Hurricanes went back and forth on the evening, especially in the third period, but Carolina was always one step ahead of the home team, and the Preds eventually ran out of time.
"We were better in the second and third, but we were chasing the game," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "With the penalties right off the bat, I felt like we didn't get any rhythm on the bench. When we did, we were slow, we were not up to the speed they were at. I thought they controlled the first period. I thought the second and third period we were pushing back, but at that point you're chasing the game. We have to be cleaner at the beginning of the game to avoid those penalties and try to get into a rhythm at 5-on-5."