The point of games is to win.
The Nashville Predators have done so just once in their first five outings this season. Thus, they must be content with the fact that in three of their four defeats they at least earned a point.
It happened again Saturday when they fell in a shootout, 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks at Anaheim.
It was the third time the Predators played beyond regulation. They also lost the first two, against Columbus and St. Louis, in shootouts.
Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth, a 30-year-old in his first NHL contest, stopped all three Nashville skaters in the tiebreaker. The Ducks got a successful attempt from their second skater, Corey Perry, which was enough for them to earn the extra point.
At the start of the day, Nashville and Anaheim were two of six Western Conference teams with four points. The Ducks got theirs in three games whereas the Predators did so in four contests.
Both teams also were held scoreless in their previous outings. Nashville lost 3-0 at St. Louis on Thursday, and Anaheim dropped its home-opener 5-0 to Vancouver on Friday.
In this one the shots were identical through each of the three periods – 7-6-6 – 19 for both sides. Anaheim had a slight edge (3-2) in the overtime. The last shot was by Nashville’s Ryan Ellis just before the end of the four-on-four segment.
The Predators led twice, albeit only briefly the second time. David Legwand’s goal at 10:09 of third period made it 2-1, but Anaheim answered with a goal by Daniel Winnik 63 seconds later.
Brandon Yip’s unassisted goal 1:52 into the contest gave Nashville a 1-0 advantage that stood until the final minute of the second period.
Nashville finished without Patric Hornqvist, who came into the game tied with Martin Erat for the team scoring lead. The right wing needed help to get to the bench after Ryan Getzlaf fell on his left leg as the two battled in the corner just before the mid-point of the final period. He did not return.