They had played seven games in 12 days, they had the excitement of the NHL’s trading deadline yesterday afternoon, they had a big win against the Los Angeles Kings at home yesterday and they had a cancelled flight due to fog early late last night.
In short, the Nashville Predators were just flat exhausted.
In front of 13,595 at RBC Center in Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes used three second period power plays to beat the Preds, 4-3.
Seeing as how it was an Eastern Conference opponent and the second game of a back-to-back set, Anders Lindback got the rare start. Just as he did in his last two starts against the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, he was incredible tonight, making 29 saves in the loss.
The first period started with a bang for Nashville. Lindback made a tough save in the opening minute and then rookie Craig Smith potted his first goal since January 24 by putting home a rebound off of Cam Ward‘s pads to make it 1-0.
After making the first 18 saves of the game...