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The Associated Press

While the Ottawa Senators' season-high winning streak was snapped their last time out, they still managed to pick up a point.

The lowly Nashville Predators, meanwhile, came up empty again.

The Senators try to extend their point streak to a season-high six Saturday night when they visit the Predators.

Ottawa (19-18-8) had won four in a row before suffering a 4-3 overtime loss at Colorado on Wednesday. Clarke MacArthur scored in a fourth consecutive game and Jason Spezza notched his 12th goal in his return from a hip flexor injury as the Senators erased an early 2-0 deficit.

"I think we got what we deserved. They played very good to start the game and very good to end the game," coach Paul MacLean said. "In between we were in control. You come on the road and get a point after being down 2-0 in the first five minutes, I think we earned the point."

While Kyle Turris gave the Senators a one-goal lead 14:18 into the second period, they couldn't hold on. Craig Anderson, who had posted a 1.99 goals-against average in winning a season-high five consecutive starts, allowed the tying goal with 2:20 remaining in regulation.

Anderson went on to surrender the winning goal 33 seconds into OT as Ottawa dropped to 1-3-2 in its last six on the road.

"We were in full control," MacArthur said. "We were finding a way to win and tonight we found a way to lose."

The Predators (19-20-6) are coming off another disappointing result, falling 4-3 to red-hot Anaheim on Thursday. Paul Gaustad and Craig Smith scored to put Nashville up 2-0 with just over two minutes into the first period, but the Predators allowed four goals in the second. Smith has seven goals and four assists in his last 11 games.

Sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference wild-card race, coach Barry Trotz's team dropped to 1-2-2 in 2014 and 3-6-3 in its last 12. The Predators, though, are trying to stay upbeat.

"Last couple games we've been playing good hockey," left wing Viktor Stalberg said. "I think ever since New Year's, I feel like we've been playing a lot better. We got to find a way to get back here. We lost the game, we can't dwell on that for too long, we got to get back."

Nashville, which hosts Minnesota on Sunday before concluding a five-game homestand against Calgary on Tuesday, knows it needs to pick up the pace.

"We got back-to-back games here, got to get some points," said captain Shea Weber, leading the team with 29 points. "Same thing we do every night, try to get points and climb the ladder."

Rookie Marek Mazanec stopped 24 shots against the Ducks, dropping to 3-6-3 with a 3.42 GAA since Nov. 28. No. 1 goalie Pekka Rinne remains out with a hip injury.

Anderson is 1-3-3 with a 2.92 GAA during a seven-game stretch against the Predators, though he hasn't faced them since January 2011 while with Colorado.

Bobby Ryan, leading the Senators with 18 goals, has gone without one in a season high-tying four straight contests. He has just one goal and five assists in his last 14 regular-season matchups against the Predators.

Nashville has surrendered nine power-play goals on 22 chances (40.9 percent) during a 3-3-1 stretch at home. Ottawa has compiled an NHL-best 26.4 power-play percentage (19 of 72) on the road.

The Predators are 6-9-0 all-time against the Senators after dropping the last two matchups in 2010 and 2012.

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