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Predators hand Canadiens fifth straight loss

Turris scores in shootout; Forsberg gets two power-play goals to extend point streak to six

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Filip Forsberg scored two goals to extend his point streak to six games, and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday.

The Predators (13-6-2) have won three consecutive games and eight of their past nine (8-1-0).

 

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"Obviously we want two points and at the end of the night that's what we came here for, but at the same time we've got to look ourselves in the mirror," Forsberg said. "Everybody knows that we could have played better, but at the same time it's still a strength to win when you don't play 100 percent." 

The Canadiens (8-12-3) are 0-3-2 in their past five games. They lost 3-1 to the Dallas Stars in the first half of back-to-back games Tuesday.

"We all know what this business is based on," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "It's on winning and that part's always disappointing. But … we've got our fair share of injuries, and when you've got to put up without those guys, it's always a challenge. I like the fact we were in both games right to the end. I hope that as we move on here that continues, and as you add players it adds to what we have right now." 

The Canadiens have been playing without defenseman David Schlemko (hand) all season, goaltender Carey Price (lower body) has been out since Nov. 2, and defenseman Shea Weber (lower body) sat out Tuesday. 

Canadiens defenseman Joe Morrow tied the game 2-2 with 55.5 seconds remaining in the third period on a shot from the point. His shot through traffic deflected off Predators forward Ryan Johansen and past goaltender Pekka Rinne for his third goal.

Forsberg made it 2-1 at 3:16 of the third period on the power play. Craig Smith stole the puck behind the net and found Forsberg in the slot, and he beat Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi for his 11th goal of the season.

Video: MTL@NSH: Forsberg beat Niemi for power-play goal

Forsberg tied the game 1-1 at 19:58 of the first period on the power play on a wrist shot from the slot.

"Just two quick plays and great passes by [Johansen] and [Smith]," Forsberg said. "Kind of an open net. I should score those." 

Jordie Benn gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 12:47 of the first period on a wrist shot from the high slot. He received a pass from Charles Hudon and beat Rinne for his second goal.

Video: MTL@NSH: Benn wires a strong wrister past Rinne

The Predators improved to an NHL-best 8-2-0 in November.

"The exciting thing about our team is that we haven't played our best hockey game yet and we still have guys that are coming back into the fold who have been out for a while and getting their feet under them," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "But our leadership group has done a really good job of setting the tone and making sure that we do all the right things to be competitive every night."

 

Goal of the game

Morrow's goal with 55.5 seconds remaining in the third period.

Video: MTL@NSH: Morrow ties game with last minute goal

 

Save of the game

Rinne on Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk at 3:48 of the third period.

Video: MTL@NSH: Rinne stops Galchenyuk's big chance

 

Highlight of the game

Forsberg's goal at 19:58 of the first period.

Video: MTL@NSH: Forsberg beats the clock for power-play goal

 

They said it

"It was nice to be able to count on him tonight to be a fresh goaltender and give us an opportunity to win a hockey game. He did just that. I thought he was good. We needed that kind of performance from a goaltender like that." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on Antti Niemi, who made 31 saves  

"I've won my last two shootouts. I'm happy with that. I can remember a lot of losses the last couple years so those are some big points. It's a big aspect of the game and a big area where you can have your specialty guys. As a goalie for myself, that's the one area where maybe I can change the game, so it was for sure nice to stop those three [shootout attempts]. One crossbar though." -- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne

 

Need to know

Canadiens defenseman Jakub Jerabek made his NHL debut and had one shot on goal and a plus-one rating in 18:16. … Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm's four-game goal-scoring streak came to an end. It was a team record for a defenseman. … Rinne had 27 saves.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TVA Sports, SN, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the St. Louis Blues on Friday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-MW, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

 

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