Flyers can’t maintain strong start in shootout loss to Predators

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The Nashville Predators, without P.K. Subban in their lineup because of injury, inched closer to the final Wild Card spot in the West on Monday.

It looked, for the longest time against the Philadelphia Flyers, like the Predators might come away completely empty-handed. But this was an important win for them. A big comeback.

The Predators started slow, but began to gain momentum as the game went on. Filip Forsberg finally converted in the third period, eventually sending the game to overtime, before Ryan Ellis won it in the shootout. Nashville came back for a 2-1 win on the road against a team that only recently had a 10-game winning streak snapped.

For the Flyers, this will be looked at as an opportunity missed. They had the run of the play for most of this game, but couldn’t beat Pekka Rinne for that all-important second goal.

This game had its feisty moments, too.

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek took an elbow to the back of the head along the boards early in the third period, causing him to skate slowly to the bench. He did remain in the game, missing only a couple of minutes.