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Josi scores twice, Rinne makes 36 saves in Predators win against Stars

Nashville moves within one point of Central Division lead

by Jeff Miller / NHL.com Correspondent

Josi's shot tipped past Khudobin

NSH@DAL: Josi scores on deflected shot

Roman Josi takes a shot that goes off a defenseman's stick and over Anton Khudobin, giving the Predators a 4-3 lead in the 3rd period

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DALLAS -- Roman Josi scored two goals for the Nashville Predators, including the game-winner in the third period, in a 5-3 victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Josi scored from the slot at 4-on-4 to give the Predators a 4-3 lead at 7:35 and into an empty net at 19:29 for the 5-3 final. He also had an assist. 

The go-ahead goal struck Stars defenseman Esa Lindell's stick and sailed over Anton Khudobin's glove.

 

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"It was a lucky bounce off my stick and maybe someone else too," Lindell said. "That's what happens when you shoot the puck and put it on the net."

Brian Boyle, Rocco Grimaldi and Filip Forsberg also scored for the Predators (35-22-5), who are in second place in the Central Division, one point behind the Winnipeg Jets. Ryan Ellis had three assists, and Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.

Lindell and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Stars (29-25-5), who are 1-4-1 in their past six games. They hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and are six points behind the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central. Khudobin made 42 saves.

The Predators win followed a 5-1 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

"I think we just had more speed, more attitude, worked harder," Josi said. "We weren't happy with the way we played in Vegas. Kind of had two days here to sit on it."

Predators coach Peter Laviolette said, "We played a desperate team that played with a lot of edge and a lot of attitude tonight. They were fighting for their lives. Like us, they've been losing some games and they've had some games not go their way, and that makes them on point trying to grab the two points. I was really happy with the response from the last game and the fact that we were able to come back from that game and put it away."

Boyle gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 10:50 of the first period on a backhand tap-in after Khudobin made a kick save on a shot by Josi.

Video: NSH@DAL: Boyle cleans up rebound in front

It was Boyle's 15th goal and second in seven games for Nashville after being acquired in a trade from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 6. The goal came shortly after Boyle checked Tyler Seguin into the end boards at the opposite end.

"He's a 200-foot player; he skated 200 feet, scored the goal," Forsberg said. "Every game, he's getting better and better and getting more comfortable in our system."

It was the first goal in the first period for the Predators since Feb. 7.

The Stars tied it 1-1 at 3:31 of the second period when Spezza scored his seventh goal of the season, first in 20 games, on a wrist shot from the slot. That ended a goal drought of 145:43 for the Stars, who were shut out in their previous two games.

Video: NSH@DAL: Spezza beats Rinne on blocker side

Grimaldi deked Khudobin after getting past Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen and scored at 10:57 to give Nashville a 2-1 lead.

Lindell scored with a wrist shot from above the left face-off circle on the power play to tie it 2-2 at 17:29.

Seguin gave Dallas its first lead 26 seconds later with his Stars-leading 25th goal, converting a cross-ice pass from Roope Hintz along the goal line to make it 3-2 at 17:55.

Twenty-one seconds later, Forsberg scored his 21st of the season on a backhand while falling in the crease to tie it 3-3 at 18:16.

Video: NSH@DAL: Forsberg stuffs in rebound to tie game

"It was a huge goal, especially going into intermission there on a tie," Forsberg said. "Obviously two quick ones by them, but at the same time, we kind of killed their flow and their momentum by getting that one."

Forsberg nearly scored in the second period on a lacrosse-type shot, attempting to stuff the puck into the top corner after skating around the back of the net. He said he occasionally works on that shot in practice.

"Just trying to have fun," he said with a smile.

 

They said it

"It's not going to be pretty down the stretch. We weren't scoring highlight-reel goals out there." -- Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis

 

"We're getting away from what our identity is. We're a little too loose in our own end." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

 

Need to know

Josi has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Nashville forward Craig Smith was a late scratch, missing his first game of the season with a lower-body injury. … Seguin has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past nine games.

 

What's next

Predators: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Video: Josi scores twice in the 3rd as Predators beat Stars

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