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Predators bounce back, defeat Penguins in shootout

Nashville squanders two leads but wins on Forsberg goal in tiebreaker

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist in his Nashville Predators debut, a 5-4 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg scored in the shootout for the Predators (9-5-2), who have won four games in a row. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves and denied two of three Penguins in the tiebreaker.

 

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"Just playing hockey, not thinking too much and just getting comfortable with my linemates,"said Turris, who was acquired Sunday from the Ottawa Senators in a three-team trade that also involved the Colorado Avalanche. "Just playing."

The Penguins (9-7-3) are 0-4-2 in the second of back-to-back games; they lost 4-1 at the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Video: PIT@NSH: Forsberg pots eventual winner in shootout

"I liked our team tonight," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "It was a hard-fought game out there. I really liked our response. I liked our resilience. I think if we play hard like that and execute the way we did tonight, we're going to win more games."

Brian Dumoulin scored for the Penguins to tie the game 4-4 at 7:43 of the third period on a one-timer from the slot. It was his first goal of the season.

Calle Jarnkrok gave the Predators a 4-3 lead at 4:46 of the third when he took a pass from Turris, toe-dragged around defenseman Ian Cole, and beat goalie Tristan Jarry with a wrist shot from the slot.

Turris scored the first of three straight goals for Nashville in the second period. Miikka Salomaki passed from the corner to Turris, who beat Jarry with a wrist shot from the slot to tie it 1-1 at 2:01.

"It was a great pass by [Salomaki]," Turris said. "It's nice to get that out of the way and get the nerves out of the way."

Video: PIT@NSH: Turris pots snap shot off Salomaki's feed

Turris had two shots on goal and a hit in 21:38 of ice time.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "The crowd was real loud and the energy in the building, it was an exciting game."

P.K. Subban gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 3:52 when he scored with a one-timer from above the left face-off circle on the power play.

Craig Smith put the Predators ahead 3-1 at 5:29 with a power-play goal. Forsberg took the initial shot from the point, and Smith got to the rebound to beat Jarry.

"[Smith's] speed was pretty evident tonight," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "The fact that he was delivering pucks to the net, that's what you want from a power forward. I do think that, to be honest, [Turris] probably factored in that tonight. Just the way [Turris] plays the game. He's an effortless skater. He plays the game fast."

Video: PIT@NSH: Subban blasts home PPG on one-timer

Phil Kessel scored from the right circle to cut the Predators lead to 3-2 at 12:27 of the second.

Jake Guentzel beat Rinne with a backhand on a breakaway to tie it 3-3 at 2:27 of the third period after receiving a pass from Justin Schultz.

Bryan Rust scored shorthanded to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 11:58 of the first period.

Jarry made 24 saves in his second start of the season. He is 0-0-2.

Predators forward Scott Hartnell left the game in the first period after three shifts. There was no update on his status.

Video: PIT@NSH: Kessel slams home the feed from Malkin

 

Goal of the game

Jarnkrok's toe-drag goal at 4:46 of the third period.

Video: PIT@NSH: Jarnkrok fakes defender, roofs puck

 

Save of the game

Rinne stopping Sidney Crosby with his blocker on a rush at 13:37 of the third period.

Video: PIT@NSH: Rinne stones Crosby on the rush

 

Highlight of the game

Guentzel's breakaway goal at 2:27 of the third period.

Video: PIT@NSH: Guentzel pots slick backhander on breakaway

 

They said it

"I think for the most part of the game, we were all over them. I think we deserved a better fate. We controlled the entire overtime also. It was one of those games where it didn't bounce our way, but I liked the effort. I liked the way we came back in the game." -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang

 

"It obviously has a little history but at the same time, it's a new season. We can't think about that every time we play the Penguins. But at the same time, at this time of the season, we had won three in a row and we wanted one more. We did a good job." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on winning against the Penguins after losing to them in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final

 

Need to know

Crosby has not scored a goal in 11 games. … Kessel has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past four games. … Smith, who had an assist on Jarnkrok's goal, had eight shot attempts.

Video: PIT@NSH: Crosby stays patient for sweet shootout goal

 

What's next

Penguins: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-PT, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Balanced offense leads Predators to 5-4 shootout win

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