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Predators end Wild's five-game winning streak

Johansen scores deciding goal in shootout after Forsberg ties it late in third

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

Johansen's shootout winner

NSH@MIN: Johansen nets shootout winner for Predators

Ryan Johansen shows patience before slipping the puck by Alex Stalock's pad, sealing a shootout win for the Predators

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Nashville Predators rallied for a 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Filip Forsberg tied it 2-2 with backhand at the right post following Kyle Turris' initial shot at 15:41 of the third period before Ryan Johansen won it in the fourth round of the shootout.

"We've really been trying to find our game," Johansen said. "(We've) faced a lot of adversity lately and (have been) trying to find our team game and get on a roll, and [this is] a step in the right direction. Some more adversity today on the road and just finding a way to win. We're going to build off that and keep moving forward." 

 

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Nick Bonino scored, and Juuse Saros made 24 saves for the Predators (38-25-5), who had lost two in a row and trail the Winnipeg Jets by one point for first place in the Central Division.

Alex Stalock made 41 saves for the Wild (32-27-7), who had a five-game winning streak end. Minnesota leads the Arizona Coyotes by two points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Video: NSH@MIN: Bonino cleans up in front

"I think that lately, every time we go on the ice we think we're going to win," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We don't think something bad is going to happen to us. … It's very uplifting and positive. It's not going to get easier. It's just something we know we can do when we put our mind to it."

Bonino gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the first period. After Wayne Simmonds' shot was blocked in the crease by Wild defenseman Anthony Bitetto, Bonino kicked the loose puck to his stick and scored into an open net. It was Simmonds' first point with the Predators after he was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 25.

"My eyeballs liked what I saw (with the Bonino-Rocco Grimaldi-Simmonds line) and I don't want to break them up," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "[Grimaldi] brings tenacity to the line, [Bonino] is a pretty good playmaker and [Simmonds] brings pucks to the net. Again, I thought that they were good." 

Eric Fehr blocked a shot by Grimaldi and got the loose puck in the neutral zone before scoring glove side on a breakaway to tie it 1-1 at 16:35 of the second period. It was his first goal since Dec. 29 (19 games).

Jason Zucker gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at 19:22 on a one-timer from the left hash marks. He has three goals in his past four games and five points (three goals, two assists) in a five-game point streak.

"I think if we play our game, we feel we can play with anyone or beat anybody," Zucker said. "It was good to get one point, but wish we definitely could have gotten two."

Video: NSH@MIN: Forsberg backhands home tying goal

 

They said it

"We're just going to keep focusing one day at a time and keep working on bringing our best brand of hockey. You want to be playing the right way and want to be playing the best our team can. There's a lot of other teams in this League that are playing their best hockey, too, or close to it, and it's important to keep finding ways to win and understanding there's going to be momentum swings throughout games and just focusing on doing the right things that make us successful. Keep finding ways to get points." -- Predators forward Ryan Johansen

"[This team has] got a lot of heart. They want to win. They don't want to be thought of as the team that didn't make it. They are giving it everything that they have." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau 

 

Need to know

Predators forward Brian Boyle missed the game with a lower-body injury that is still being assessed, Laviolette said. … Nashville forward Craig Smith had six shots on goal in 14:34 in his return after missing the past six games with a lower-body injury. … Wild forward Eric Staal had an assist on Zucker's goal and has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a six-game point streak. 

 

What's next

Predators: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Wild: At the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

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