Wilson's offensive outburst not enough to end Predators' slide

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11:55pm
Staff reports

Colin Wilson scored on his final shift of the second period and his first shift of the third.

That brief offensive burst did not hold up, though, and the Nashville Predators lost 4-2 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

It was the Predators’ fifth straight defeat — all in regulation — and equaled their season-high streak of contests without a point. The two goals scored were the most in any game during the current stretch.

Wilson tied it 1-1 when he scored with a backhand shot with one minute to play in the second period. J-P Dumont and Sergei Kostitsyn had the assists. Wilson then put Nashville up 2-1 with another backhand shot, this one 32 seconds into the final period with assists from Joel Ward and Jerred Smithson.

It was the first career multi-goal game for the 2008 first-round draft pick. It also increased his season total to nine, one more than he had in 35 appearances last season as a rookie and one short of Steve Sullivan’s current team lead.

The advantage was short-lived, however, as Dallas, which improved to 12-3-3 in its last 18, tied it 1:12 later and pulled away with two goals during a span of 1:47 later in the third period.

The Predators outshot the Stars 46-25 in a contest featuring two fights and coincidental unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Goalie Pekka Rinne fell to 0-3-0 since he returned from minor knee surgery and to 8-10-4 for the season.

Nashville’s next contest — and its next opportunity to end the losing streak — is Friday at Minnesota.

4 Comments on this post:

By: cookeville on 12/29/10 at 9:31

Poile needs to find a scorer and soon. The continuing injuries are putting us out of the running very quickly. Lombardi is likely out for the season and so we need someone who can put the puck into the back of the net. Find someone because it appears Rinne can't save the game all the time.

GO PREDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET WELL, TOOTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: donmcgonagil on 12/29/10 at 12:52

I don't know who wrote this piece, but the comment "... and [Nashville's] next opportunity to extend the losing streak ..." is a cheap shot and careless reporting. Any journalist who would write those words anonymously is a *coward.* Who is the "Staff Report[er]" who submitted this column? The writer carelessly omitted two key facts. First, the Predators are atop the injury list and playing without the contributions of several key veteran forwards ... Steve Sullivan, David Legwand, Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo and Matthew Lombardi. Praises to the Predator's management, coaching staff and players for not using the injury situation as an excuse, and giving a great effort despite the adversity. These guys are resilient, hard working professionals. And second, the Predators are one of only five or so teams in the entire NHL that have made the playoffs five out of the past six or seven seasons. They deserve better press and more respect. I'm quite sure they've earned it.

By: joe41 on 12/29/10 at 3:57

don, better read it again.

By: donmcgonagil on 12/29/10 at 4:26

Joe, thanks.