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Filip Forsberg scores twice in Predators win

Nashville defeats Wild for coach Peter Laviolette's 500th NHL career victory

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the game-winning goal at 13:24 of the third period, and Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette got his 500th NHL career win in a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

"[When] you're in [hockey] a long time, you're going to run down some long numbers," Laviolette said of win No. 500. "Those things I think take a backseat to the way guys played tonight, the way they fought for the win and came from behind. … I think I'll remember it because of that more than anything."

Nashville (23-17-7) has won three in a row and concluded its five-game road trip 4-1-0. The Predators have won six of seven after going 2-4-2 in their previous eight games.

 

WATCH: All Predators vs. Wild highlights

 

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and has won four of his past five starts, allowing eight goals.

"We knew how important this road trip was, the position we were starting in and knowing how tough it is to travel and all those things," Predators captain Mike Fisher said. "It's tested us in a lot of different ways, but we've played real hard and we're coming into our own."

Minnesota (30-11-5) had a 2-0 lead after the first period. It was the third time on the Wild's four-game homestand they surrendered a two-goal lead.

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves.

"Obviously if we want to win a championship, it's got to get better. You can't do that. You've got to be able to play with a lead," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's tough to play with a lead in this league. … You've got to go after them and try to increase the lead rather than just hold the lead."

Predators forward James Neal made it 2-1 at 2:25 of the second period. Forsberg tied the game at 2:28 of the third.

Video: NSH@MIN: Neal snipes a top-shelf beauty

"Our start wasn't great, but then we kind of got going and were working hard and we just get back in the game," Forsberg said.

Ryan Johansen scored an empty-net goal with 1:18 remaining.

Wild forward Mikael Granlund scored at 2:18 of the first period. He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a career-high seven-game point streak.

Jason Pominville made it 2-0 when he took a pass from Erik Haula and beat Rinne at 7:31. Pominville has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu did not play because of the flu.

"Look at our faceoffs; in the first two periods we were well under 50 percent," Boudreau said of missing Koivu. "He's our guy for faceoffs, so it hurt. It hurts the balance and everything."

 

Goal of the game

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis passed to Forsberg, who one-timed a shot past Kuemper for the go-ahead goal. 

Video: NSH@MIN: Forsberg buries one-timer for go-ahead goal

 

Save of the game

At 16:39 of the first period, Rinne denied Wild forward Jason Zucker of a rebound down low by getting his foot out and kept the game at 2-0.

Video: NSH@MIN: Rinne robs Zucker on a breakaway

 

Unsung performance of the game

Ellis moved the puck up to Johansen for the empty-net goal. It was Ellis' second assist of the game. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in four games.

Video: NSH@MIN: Johansen chips home long empty-net goal

 

Highlight of the game

Forsberg pulled the puck from between Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon's legs and backhanded into a wide-open net to make it 2-2.

Video: NSH@MIN: Forsberg backhands loose puck into the net

 

They said it

"When you give yourself a two-goal lead, you can't let them hang around. You have to get that third one and put them out of the game, and we weren't able to do that." -- Wild forward Zach Parise

 

"Obviously it makes it a little bit more special winning comebacks on the road. I mean, that's kind of been our struggle in the start; by default, this trip we kind of turned everything around. It's just that we play really good road hockey and we just gotta take that with us back to Nashville now." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg

 

Need to know

Laviolette became the 25th coach in NHL history to win 500 games. … Koivu is expected to fly with the Wild to Dallas on Monday.

 

What's next

Predators: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Wild: At the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Forsberg and Johansen help Predators defeat Wild, 4-2

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