Predators let another third-period lead slip away

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 11:55pm
Staff reports

Jordin Tootoo scored for the second time in as many days, but the Nashville Predators allowed three third-period goals — one even strength, shorthanded and power-play — and fell 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday at Minnesota.

Nashville (10-7-4) became the first team in the league this season to lose twice in regulation after having led at the start of the third period.

It is 7-2-2 in those situations. The four overall defeats when leading after two also are a league high.

Tootoo, who snapped a 21-game streak in Tuesday’s loss to Edmonton, gave the Predators a 1-0 when he scored 5:21 into the contest.

That advantage stood until 1:05 of the third when Minnesota (13-5-3), the first place team in the Western Conference, tied it on an even strength goal by Dany Heatley. Kyle Brodziak put the Wild ahead to stay with a power play goal at 9:39 of the third and Cal Clutterbuck scored shorthanded fewer than four minutes later.

Ryan Suter, who was off for slashing when Brodziak scored, got his fifth of the season 21 seconds into a 5-on-3 with just over six minutes to play.

Suter now has five goals, which is one more than in each of the previous two seasons. He nearly made it six, but he had two shots hit in the post in the closing minutes.

Briefly

• Prior to the contest, Niclas Bergfors was reassigned to Milwaukee.

The 24-year-old forward, signed as a free agent last offseason, appeared in 11 of the first 24 games and had two goals and two assists.