Game Report: Predators 4, Blues 3 (overtime)

What might have been one of the Blues best wins of the season on Tuesday night instead quickly turned into one of their most disappointing losses.

The Blues had a 3-0 lead with less than 11 minutes left in the game but couldn’t hold it as the Predators rallied to tie the game before winning it on a penalty shot by Filip Forsberg in overtime.

Nashville cut the lead to 3-1 at 9:06 of the third period before Austin Watson scored a shorthanded goal with 5:27 to play in the game to pull the Predators within 3-2.

Just 1:15 later, Watson scored again to tie the game.

In overtime, the Predators were awarded the penalty shot at 1:17 when he was dragged down by Jaden Schwartz from behind as he was breaking toward the net. Forsberg was able to beat Carter Hutton with the game-winning shot.

It was just the second time this season the Blues lost a game they led after the second period. They are now 26-0-2 in those games.

A goal by Jay Bouwmeester late in the first period was followed by goals by Alexander Steen and Schwartz, on a power play, in the second period to give the Blues the 3-0 lead. The Blues outshot Nashville 16-3 in the period but the Predators turned the game around by firing 15 shots at Hutton in the third period.

Hutton fell to 0-2-1 in the Blues three games against Nashville this season.

It was the fifth consecutive overtime game for the Predators, who lead the Central Division with 77 points. The Blues are in third place with 72 points, but Dallas, Minnesota and Colorado – the three teams trailing the Blues – all have played at least two fewer games than the Blues.

Looking ahead: The Blues will play the Stars on Friday night in Dallas.