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Nashville Predators fall to Pittsburgh Penguins as trades continue

On the day they traded longtime defenseman Mattias Ekholm, and a day after they announced general manager David Poile would retire after this season and former coach Barry Trotz would take his place, the Nashville Predators looked to score their fourth consecutive victory Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The result was a 3-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forward Mark Jankowski broke a scoreless tie 7 minutes, 1 second into the third period. Sidney Crosby tied the score for the Penguins just under four minutes later. Jason Zucker made it 2-1 Penguins with 1:39 remaining in regulation. An empty-net goal put the Penguins ahead by two.

Over the weekend, the Predators announced their intention to be sellers leading up to Friday's NHL trade deadline when they traded forward Nino Niederreiter and Tanner Jeannot.

Nashville Predators forward prospect Luke Evangelista also made his NHL debut Tuesday. The 21-year-old was leading the Milwaukee Admirals with 41 points (nine goals, 32 assists) in 49 games. The 6-foot, 183-pounder was first among AHL rookies with those 32 assists and was tied for second in points.

The Predators are 29-23-6. The Penguins are 30-21-9.

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