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Predators score four straight to get past Golden Knights

Forsberg extends point streak to six with one of three Nashville goals in second

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Forsberg capitalizes on miscue

NSH@VGK: Forsberg steals puck, scores on open net

Filip Forsberg steals a bad pass from Marc-Andre Fleury behind the net and scores on an open goal, pushing the Predators' lead to 4-2

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LAS VEGAS -- The Nashville Predators scored four straight goals in a 5-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino each had a goal and an assist, Ryan Ellis had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for Nashville (4-2-0), which won for the third time in four games.

Filip Forsberg extended his point streak to six games to start the season, tying a Predators record, when he scored one of three Nashville goals in the second period.

"Filip's been one of the constants for us for a few years," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's dynamic offensively, he's got a terrific release, a terrific shot, and the line (with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund) has been really good."

 

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Mark Stone and Reilly Smith scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for the Golden Knights (4-3-0), who have lost three of five.

"I don't think we were playing bad, but it seemed like every mistake we made was a mental error and it ended up in the back of our net," Smith said. "It makes a big difference when they pot three goals and we give up a lead like that."

Turris redirected Ellis' shot from the point to give the Predators a 1-0 lead 2:14 into the game.

Video: NSH@VGK: Turris redirects shot to open the scoring

Stone scored on the power play at 9:55 of the first to tie it 1-1. He quickly snapped a shot from the left hash marks off a pass from Cody Glass.

Smith gave Vegas a 2-1 lead at 17:23 when he scored after Jonathan Marchessault's pass on the rush deflected off defenseman Dan Hamhuis into the slot.

Colton Sissons scored 44 seconds into the second to tie it 2-2, and Calle Jarnkrok gave Nashville a 3-2 lead at 5:08 with a one-timer from the right face-off circle off a Viktor Arvidsson pass.

"We know that it's hard to come in here and take two points against this Vegas team," Jarnkrok said. "I think we did a great job tonight, and we got the two points."

Video: NSH@VGK: Jarnkrok one-times feed from Arvidsson

Forsberg scored unassisted at 6:52 to make it 4-2. He has five goals and three assists during the six-game point streak, which matches Marek Zidlicky's to start the 2003-04 season.

"It was a bad second period for us," Marchessault said. "We turned the puck over, they were on top of us. Unfortunate also how we came out for the third period too."

Bonino scored on the power play at 4:00 of the third to make it 5-2.

 

They said it

"Especially in the second period and third period, I thought we worked a lot harder. We competed a lot harder on the puck. I thought the start was OK, the first five to seven, but the next 13 minutes we gave up too much. We're learning and figuring it out and realizing what it takes to win on the road." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

"In hockey, the biggest adversity you face is consistency. It's hard to show up every night. It's something as a hockey player you struggle with a little bit, so it's on us to be able to perform every night, and we weren't performing tonight." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

"That second period was tough. We give them three goals, and that's what happens when you get behind the eight ball, you press a little bit. We made some mistakes tonight that are uncharacteristic of our hockey team." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

Need to know

Duchene and Predators center Ryan Johansen each had a five-game point streak end. ... It was Rinne's first win against the Golden Knights (1-1-1). He had not played against them since Jan. 2, 2018, a 3-0 road loss. ... Forsberg did not play the final nine minutes because of an undisclosed injury. He was being evaluated, according to Laviolette. ... Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore played his 200th NHL game. … Smith has five goals in seven games after he scored 19 in 74 games last season.

 

What's next

Predators: At the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

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