Pekka Rinne failed to make a save on either of the first two shots he faced, so coach Barry Trotz quickly decided to save him from any additional embarrassment or frustration.
For the second time in as many days Rinne, the Nashville Predators goalie, failed to finish a game he started. This time he was pulled after eight minutes and two goals allowed on as many shots, neither of which he had any realistic chance to stop.
His replacement, Chris Mason, gave up three and the Predators fell 6-3 to the Calgary Flames on Friday in Calgary.
Gabriel Bourque scored for the third straight game and Roman Josi had a pair of assists, but Nashville gave up the first three goals and never really threatened.
Curtis Glencross scored twice for Calgary in a span of 4:18 of the third period. Both goals, sandwiched around one by Predators center Mike Fisher, gave the Flames a three-goal cushion. David Legwand cut the deficit to two again when he scored with 2:19 to play.
Glencross completed the hat trick when he scored into an empty net with 18.5 seconds to play.
Rinne was pulled in the second period of Thursday’s 7-4 loss at Vancouver, which also included an empty net goal by the Canucks.
The Predators are now 1-7-1 in their last nine road games and have been outscored 36-20 in those contests.
They entered this one with a chance to get back into the top eight of the Western Conference standings but were outshot 22-20 and committed three of the game’s five penalties. Mason made 16 saves on 19 shots and was credited with the loss.
The current five-game road trip continues Sunday at Edmonton, where Nashville is 15-8-3 all-time.