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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shootouts haven't been the Nashville Predators' friend this season.

Nashville fell to 0-4 in the tiebreaker with a 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

Centers Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza beat goaltender Marek Mazanec in the shootout for Ottawa (20-18-8), while centers Craig Smith and David Legwand came up empty for the Predators.

Nashville (19-20-7) lost for the fifth time in six games, while the Senators notched their fifth win in six games.

Neither team scored in the first period, although Nashville had the best opportunity. Left winger Viktor Stalberg beat defenseman Joe Corvo on a rush down the left side and Corvo took him down from behind, forcing a penalty shot at 11:47.

But Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson kept the game scoreless with a nice glove save on Stalberg's 16-foot wrist shot from just inside the left faceoff circle.

Senators center Kyle Turris took advantage of a giveaway from defenseman Mattias Ekholm to give his team a 1-0 lead at 6:23 of the second period. Ekholm tried to chip the puck out of trouble off the boards behind the net, but it went right on Turris' stick and he ripped his 12th goal past Mazanec's stick side.

The Predators tied it at 16:59 of the second as former Ottawa fan-favorite Mike Fisher potted his 12th of the season. Defenseman Ryan Ellis shoveled a shot which was deflected toward Fisher, and the center rapped it past Anderson.

Nashville controlled the flow of play for most of the third period, outshooting the Senators 7-1 at one point and 11-5 for the period. But Anderson kept the score tied with some clutch saves, including one on center Craig Smith to fend off an odd-man rush.

Anderson came up with six more saves in overtime, including three when the Predators went on a power play at 3:24 after defenseman Marc Methot was whistled for holding Fisher's stick.

Anderson (15-9-5) finished with 32 saves and Mazanec (8-9-4) notched 20.

NOTES: Ottawa RW Chris Neil (hamstring) missed his fourth game. Neil has been practicing with the team but won't play until at least Tuesday, when the Senators are in Minnesota. ... Nashville RW Patric Hornqvist sat out his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury suffered in Tuesday night's win over San Jose. ... This was the first time the teams have met in Nashville in more than three calendar years. The last get-together was Dec. 23, 2010, a 2-1 Ottawa win. ... Predators D Kevin Klein played in his 400th career game Saturday night.
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