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Roman Josi, Predators rally past Stars

Defenseman scores first two of five straight goals by Nashville

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Defenseman Roman Josi scored the first two of five straight goals by the Nashville Predators in a 5-3 win against the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

The Stars led 3-0 before Josi started the rally with his first of the night at 15:25 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.

Josi made it 3-2 45 seconds into the third period when he beat goaltender Kari Lehtonen with a one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play.


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"I think we battled hard," Josi said. "Maybe we could've been a little smarter in the first (period), but guys showed up, guys battled hard, and I thought we played a pretty good game. I mean, there was a lot of penalty-killing in the first, but I think 5-on-5 we played well."

Josi has four goals in the past three games for the Predators (27-21-8), who ended a two-game skid and begin a five-day break Monday.

Video: DAL@NSH: Jarnkrok beats Lehtonen with top-shelf snipe

"If I get a chance to shoot it, sometimes it just goes that way," Josi said. "You don't get more looks, but the puck is just going in. It's nice. As long as that happens, just try to keep shooting every puck."

Calle Jarnkrok scored to tie the game 3-3 at 4:40 when he beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Filip Forsberg gave the Predators a 4-3 lead at 6:02 on a shorthanded breakaway after intercepting a pass by Stars forward Tyler Seguin at the Nashville blue line.

"I was just trying to get my big feet moving, to be honest with you, on the blue line," Forsberg said. "Just tried to get some speed, and it was pretty much a breakaway from the blue line. Just tried to shoot it low glove and fanned on the shot, and it went five-hole. Best shot in hockey, the miss."

Mike Fisher scored into an empty net with 1:38 remaining to make it 5-3.

Dallas (22-25-10) has lost five of its past six games.

Jamie Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead when he scored on the power play at 12:24 of the first period. Radek Faksa slid a backhand pass to Benn, who beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to the short side with a wrist shot from the left circle.

"We've got to know by now," Benn said. "We've had leads going into the third period and have got it done before. We just needed to get it done tonight, and we didn't."

Patrick Sharp gave the Stars a 2-0 lead at 15:46 of the first on a 5-on-3 power play when he scored on the rebound of a Seguin shot from the point.

Devin Shore put the Stars ahead 3-0 at 12:02 of the second period on the power play. Brett Ritchie made a backhand pass to Shore, who one-timed it past Rinne.


Goal of the game

James Neal skated right to left at the top of the Dallas zone before passing back to Josi at the top of the right circle for a one-timer that beat Lehtonen over his glove to get Nashville within a goal.

Video: DAL@NSH: Josi blasts one-timer for his second goal


Save of the game

Rinne got his glove on Stars forward Cody Eakin's one-timer from above the right hash marks at 8:02 of the first period. Benn made a pass from the left circle to Eakin to set up the shot, and Rinne moved into position fast enough to make the save.

Video: DAL@NSH: Rinne stones Eakin, keeps game scoreless


Unsung performance of the game

The Predators killed a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Stars in the first period. Defenseman Ryan Ellis played 1:49 on the kill.


Highlight of the game

Ritchie made a no-look backhand pass through Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm's legs to set up Shore's goal.

Video: DAL@NSH: Shore roofs Ritchie's slick feed for PPG


They said it

"That one really stings. That's a tough one where I thought our power play was going really well and did a lot of good things. That hurts." -- Stars coach Lindy Ruff


"They were awesome. Even when we were down, I thought the guys were playing extremely hard. They were competitive. I probably should say that we went to the [penalty box] too much, but I thought our guys had the right intentions and played a hard-fought game and stayed with it going out for the third period." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette


Need to know

Benn has eight goals and eight assists in his past 12 games. … Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. The Predators placed forward Cody McLeod on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.


What's next

Stars: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


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