It was yet another painful loss for the Islanders Monday night, but this time they had the lead and failed to finish the game.
The Islanders held a 4-3 lead going into the third period, and it looked all but over when the Predators couldn't convert on any of their opportunities. However, it took just one shot with 42.2 seconds left in the period to send the game to overtime.
They may have notched a point, but it was a game in which the Islanders needed to win yet couldn't finish the job.
"We talked in here how important this game was and what we had to do to be successful," Casey Cizikias told Newsday's Mark Herrmann. "We did that for 19 minutes and 18 seconds. This one hurts."
Head coach Doug Weight called the third period "our best period in a long time." But the Predators capitalized on a rebound around Jaroslav Halak. And with the 3-on-3 overtime that saw Halak save two breakaways, Nashville still won it at 3:42.
At the end of the night, Weight said it might have been good hockey by his team, but the scoreboard is all that matters when the horn blows.
"We deserved it form the first two (periods)," Weight said. "We had the lead but turning pucks over, they have to look at themselves."
Despite the Isles not allowing a shot in the third period for about eight minutes, Weight pointed out the amount of shots the Predators talllied before that.
"Thirty-six shots after two periods, how many from the blue line hit Jaro right in the stomach?" Weight asked. "To me, that means you're not in the shot lane. We talk a big game about being aggressive and blocking shots and we're not doing it."
The Predators may have out-shot the Islanders, but New York converted on their chance. They poured in three goals in the first thanks to John Tavares, Ryan Pulock, and Cizikas. Then, Nick Leddy scored his second goal in two games after scoring for the first time since November against the Blue Jackets.
But the players are not looking at their good deeds in this game either.
"It still doesn't make that an easy loss," Andrew Ladd said. "You've got a lead going to the final minute of the third period and we need to wrap that up."
Cizikas added some positivity, though, saying, "We can't get down on oursleves and we have to realize just how good of a team we are and put our best foot forward."