2 periods of good hockey is not enough. The Nashville Predators learned that the hard way last night at home and it was tought by young superstar Sidney Crosby and his Colorado Avalanche. The Predators came out flying after having won 4 of the last 5 games and scored a powerplay goal late in the first period when Colorado's Ric Jackman spent his time in the sin bin for charging. This penalty set the tone for the 2nd period and this season has shown that the Preds enjoy the rough going and are able to take advantage of it. 18 penalty minutes were handed out during that period and the Predators scored two more goals, both unassisted and both goals came after the Colorado defense fumbled up the puck and first Dave Scatchard and four minutes later Kristian Huselius took advantage of the defensive lapses. So far for the positives of this game for the Predators. The Predators failed to keep their pressure on the Avalanche during the third period and thats where the embarrassment started. Colorado scored 4 unanswered goals to win the game. "We let them win it" Captain Rob Niedermayer said "They were down and out and we let them come back. We gotta learn from that, it's inexcusable." In fact winning this game could have been a push for the team too look upstairs in the rankings and see that they are only a few points out of a playoff spot. This opportunity has passed, but the next will come for sure. Maybe the Preds have learned until then how to hold on to a three goal lead.