The formula looked all too familiar to the Predators on Saturday.

One team fired multiple shots on goal and got plenty of scoring chances only to miss on most. The other broke through on limited opportunities to find itself pumping victory music in the locker room and celebrating after the game.

In recent weeks, the Predators were the latter group. But Saturday, they were the loser in a 3-2 shootout to the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd of 17,322 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators fired 34 shots on goal to the Ducks’ 22. And Predators coach Barry Trotz estimated his team had close to 30 scoring chances.

But it was the Ducks who found the net in timely fashion on Nashville’s defensive breakdowns. Saturday was just the third time this season the Predators outshot an opponent.

“I think we carried the play a majority of the time,” Predators forward Paul Gaustad said. “But they’re a good team — high skill and they capitalized.”