All good things come to an end. The Nashville Predators five game winning streak came to an end with a resounding thud against the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 at the Bridgestone Arena.
In a word, the Predators effort tonight was impotent. There was absolutely no fight from the Predators as they rolled over against the Kings.
And this was horribly disappointing.
Every team endures a loss, even a thumping. Tonight, the Predators were dominated by the Kings and showed no fire, no push back against the onslaught that the Kings unleashed. Frankly, the Kings had their way with the Predators and there was no response.
It is probably easier to say who didn't score for the Kings rather than who did, because it seemed that everyone on the roster as well as the equipment managers were finding the back of the net. The Kings scored just 15 seconds into the contest as Justin Williams tapped in his own rebound past Anders Lindback.
This was just the beginning.
Ryan Smyth tallied twice. Alex Ponikorovsky, Drew Doughty, and Trevor Lewis also found the net against a Predators defense that left the front of the net open and Nashville's netminders under assault during the contest. For the night, the Predators failed to clear the front of the net and gave the Kings numerous quality scoring opportunities on which they capitalized.
Lindback was chased in the first period in favor of Mark Dekanich, who fared no better, allowing three goals during the remainder of the contest.
Steve Sullivan had the only tally for the Predators.
This effort was pathetic. The Predators have been owned in their two contests with the Kings. The lack of fire, of fight , was particularly galling. As the Kings had their way with the Predators, the appalling aspect was that there was no one who stepped up to show any fight.
The Predators rarely challenged L.A. netminder Jonathan Bernier, making him look like the second coming of Patrick Roy.
You can call it one of those nights. Those happen, but dammit, at least show some fight.
You were owned, boys. And you did nothing about it.
And that is unacceptable.
My three stars:
1. Ryan Smyth
2. Justin Williams
3. Jonathan Bernier