It was a night when the Predators had all the reasons to have energy.
It was the organization's 1,000th regular-season game. Also, they were a pretty hot group, having gone 6-2-1 in their previous nine games. But in the end, the lethargy of the first game back after a five-game road trip took hold in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
Nashville got off to a slow start, with just four shots on goal in the first period, found its footing in the second, but couldn't get the breaks it needed to beat Montreal in the extra session.
There wasn't a sense of dread following this game. The Predators knew that sometimes, the first game back after a long trip is tough for a team. The one point also helped. But at the same time, they felt as if they squandered a chance for a special win at home.
"We were definitely excited. We were home after a long road trip, 1,000th game, and with a lot of guys in here who were drafted by the organization," defenseman Shea Weber said. "It was ...