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For the second straight game, the Flyers saw a lengthy win streak come to an end.

The Flyers fell, 2-1, in a shootout to the Predators Monday at the Wells Fargo Center to see their six-game home winning streak snapped. It was their first home loss since Nov. 25.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the shootout's lone goal to win it for Nashville.

Former Flyers coach and current Predators bench boss Peter Laviolette, in his third season in Nashville, is now 2-2-2 in six games since the orange and black fired him in 2013.

For Nashville, it was just their fourth road win of the season, and first in an overtime/shootout.

Notable goals
Andrew MacDonald put the Flyers up 1-0 at 10:32 in the first period. MacDonald's shot deflected off Ellis and past Pekka Rinne for his second goal of the year. It was the fourth straight game the Flyers scored first, and they're 10-2-3 when they do.

Filip Forsberg's fourth goal of the season at 11:46 in the third period, a deflection by Steve Mason from a Matt Irwin point drive turned the momentum into the Predators' corner.

But both goalies held down their fort to get the game to the skills competition.

Goalie report
Mason was largely untested through two periods, but answered the few challenges the Predators threw on him. He stopped all 17 shots he faced in the first 40 minutes. He finished with 30 saves.

 

It was Mason's 16th start in the Flyers' last 18 games. With a back-to-back up next on the schedule before the break, Anthony Stolarz could get a start either Wednesday or Thursday.

Rinne had entered the game allowing three or more goals in his previous seven starts. The last time he yielded fewer than three goals came on Nov. 25 against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Finnish netminder had to be strong for Nashville the first 30 minutes, and he was. Rinne turned away 23 of 24 shots in the first half of the game. He finished with 31 saves.

Power play
The Flyers failed to convert on one minute and 24 seconds of 5-on-3 in the second period. Their power-play drought reached 0 for their last 11 with an 0-for-3 performance Monday. They have now gone four consecutive games without a PPG for the first time this season.

Rookie forward Taylor Leier, who registered his first career goal Saturday in Dallas, drew two penalties against Nashville, but the Flyers could not cash in on Leier's hard work.

Penalty kill
The Flyers' penalty kill remained strong, nullifying both of the Predators' power plays. They have now killed off their last 15 penalties, and 27 of their last 30.

Nashville's power play is now two for its last 33.

Scratches
Forward Dale Weise and defenseman Nick Schultz were healthy scratches. Defenseman Mark Streit (left shoulder), forwards Sean Couturier (left knee) and Matt Read (oblique pull) and goalie Michal Neuvirth (left knee) all missed Monday's game because of injuries.

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban did not play Monday because of an upper-body injury. Subban did not make the trip with Nashville. He'll also miss Tuesday's game in New Jersey. Defenseman Petter Granberg and center Reid Boucher also did not play Monday for Nashville.

Up next
The Flyers host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in the first half of a back-to-back before the six-day holiday break. They head to New Jersey on Thursday night.

Nashville has a date with the Devils on Tuesday night.