The ‘Detroit Hangover’ struck again for the Nashville Predators.
After decisively beating their arch-rivals 3-0 on Saturday at home, and two days before going to Detroit for a rematch, the Preds dropped a 4-0 decision to last-place Edmonton Monday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
Devan Dubnyk recorded his first career shutout with 37 saves, while Andrew Cogliano chipped in with a goal and an assist.
It was all Predators in the early going, as they outshot the Oilers 13-1 in the first 10 minutes, but they couldn’t beat Dubnyk. Edmonton started to get more chances late and finally pounced with 5:33 to go in the period.
Cogliano stuffed home a Jordan Eberle rebound to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
“I think we came out with a really good start,” Preds defenseman Shane O’Brien said. “If we get one early I think it would have been a different outcome.”
“There were a lot of chances,” forward Steve Sullivan added. “The 15 shots we took in the first period, the power play chances we didn’t get, a couple crossbars – there are a lot of areas that we did well and some we didn’t do so well.”
The Oilers continued to pour it on in the second, outworking the Predators and outshooting them 11-6 in the period. Just a minute after exiting the penalty box, former Pred Ryan Jones scored on a one-timer at 14:23 to put Edmonton up 2-0. Nashville had a couple golden opportunities in the period, but could not convert.
It did not get any better for Barry Trotz and company in the third. Eberle’s deflection and Dustin Penner’s breakaway doubled the Oilers’ lead to 4-0.
After the game, there was some controversy surrounding Edmonton’s third goal. Eberle drove the crease as Vandermeer shot from the point and bumped into Rinne, who was clearly upset about the non-call.
“If that’s not a goalie interference, I don’t know what is,” Rinne said. “The guy hit me on my blocker-side shoulder and there was no way I could try to make a save. I don’t get it. (The referee) told me to stay in my crease – I was at the top of my crease. I was furious. We didn’t lose because of that, but still, that’s not a goal.”
“The third goal shouldn’t have been a goal,” Trotz noted. “It was totally interference. Please. We scored a goal in Philadelphia, we never touched the goaltender, and it got called back. Peks gets run over and they allow it.”
It was a particularly frustrating game for the team, considering their emotional win against the Red Wings on Saturday. However, they fell into a classic trap with this loss against an Oilers club that looks up at the rest of the Western Conference.
“We shouldn’t have any excuses – I think we need to figure that out,” Rinne said, referring to it being a trap game.
Since the lockout, the Preds have beaten their Motor City rivals 17 times. Following those wins (in 15 games when they followed up against a different opponent), the Preds are 5-10. It has loosely become the ‘Detroit Hangover.’
The Predators will look to rebound from this ‘massacre’ on Wednesday night in Detroit.