How do you react after a loss as heartbreaking as this? With just 1.7 seconds left in the game, the Ducks countered their third goal of the third period to summarily end the Predators hopes for at least one point to show for this West Coast road trip. Nashville seemed to have turned things around after the poor showing at the Staples Center last night. Steve Sullivan, Cal O'Reilly and Patric Hornqvist were putting forth some great offensive pressure. For every goal the Ducks scored, the Predators found a way to answer. That fifth goal, however, is the one that will sting for a while.
In a way, these two teams are mirror images of each other. Anaheim is a much different team than the one the Predators faced just about a month ago. The Ducks were met with a lot of early injuries and struggled from the start. Now they are working their way back into a winning system. The Predators got off to a great start and then found themselves with plenty of their own injury woes. Now, they must find a way to bounce back from their fifth loss in a row. The question remains: what will it take to get back to what was working so well just a couple of weeks ago?
That is definitely something the entire team and coaching staff can contemplate on the four hour plane ride home tonight.