The Nashville Predators allowed four-first period goals for the second straight game and lost their third in a row, 6-0 to the Stars on Wednesday in Dallas.
Starting goalie Dan Ellis was pulled after he allowed three goals on the only three shots he faced. All were within a span of 3:14 in the first period,
Pekka Rinne replaced Ellis and played just 2:17 before he allowed a goal. Rinne eventually made 20 saves.
It was the fastest four goals ever scored against the Predators
The first two allowed by Rinne came on the power play. The Stars converted 32 seconds into a tripping call against Dan Hamhuis and 1:28 into an interference call against Martin Erat – Nashville’s first two penalties.
The Predators’ power play failed to convert on four opportunities.
With the defeat, the Nashville fell to 2-3 on the season. It has been outscored 17-7 overall, 13-1 in the last three games.
Jason Arnott and Patric Hornqvist each had a team-high five shots as the Predators outshot the Stars 29-26.