Erat's foible, Toews' brilliance 

April, 25, 2010
I will shed no tears for the Nashville Predators or Ottawa Senators after they ripped defeat from the jaws of victory on Saturday. The Preds are a bit more fortunate than the Sens, though. At least their season isn't over.

To recap, Nashville blew an opportunity to take a 3-2 series lead when it surrendered what was technically a short-handed goal (Chicago had pulled its goalie) with just 13 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime. Interestingly, it was the first time in playoff history that a short-handed goal tied a game in the final minute. You don't want to be on the wrong side of that kind of history.

Then, the Predators failed to capitalize on nearly four minutes of power-play time at the start of the sudden-death session. Nashville's power play definitely has been death in this series, failing to convert on any of its 21 chances.

Of course, the Hawks scored the winning goal just 10 seconds after returning to full strength. Ironically, Marian Hossa was the hero. He'd just come out of the penalty box after serving a five-minute boarding major. Go figure?

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.