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Ryan Johansen, Colin Wilson power Predators

Forwards each score twice, Nashville gets sixth straight victory at home with win against Jets

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen each scored two goals, and Mike Fisher had three assists for the Nashville Predators in a 5-1 against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.

It was the sixth straight home win for the Predators (10-7-3).

Wilson tied the game at 1-1 at 5:39 of the second period on a redirection from outside of the crease. Fisher retrieved the puck along the boards and made a cross-ice pass to Wilson, who directed it past goaltender Connor Hellebuyck for his third goal.

"I still think I can do a little better," Wilson said. "I think the last couple games have been better protecting the puck, just playing fast and making plays. The last couple games have been a bit better, and it's nice to be rewarded."

 

WATCH: All Predators vs. Jets highlights

 

Johansen gave the Predators a 2-1 lead a little more than a minute later, at 6:47 on the power play, for his third goal.

James Neal gave the Predators a 3-1 lead at 17:54 of the second period on a redirection from below the left faceoff circle on a power play. It was his 10th goal of the season.

Video: WPG@NSH: Fisher, Wilson connect for power-play goal

Wilson gave the Predators a 4-1 lead at 2:13 of the third period on the third power-play goal of the game for Nashville. Fisher broke in on the rush and made a cross-ice pass that Wilson tipped past Hellebuyck for his second goal of the game.

Johansen gave the Predators a 5-1 lead at 8:15 of the third on a shot from the right faceoff circle. Predators forward Filip Forsberg made the pass to Johansen, who beat Hellebuyck for his second of the game.

"You try not to worry about points because there's so many ups and downs throughout 82 games," Johansen said. "Obviously I wasn't getting much the last month or so, but I feel like I've been playing a good two-way game still and taking care of the defensive zone and we've been winning hockey games lately. Nice to chip in on the offense."

Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 14:46 of the first period on a wrist shot from the point. Byfuglien's shot deflected off of the stick of Wilson past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for his second goal.

Captain Blake Wheeler and forward Mark Scheifele each took one shift in the third period for Winnipeg (9-12-2).

"[Scheifele and Wheeler] have been carrying this club in so many ways," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "They were running 15 minutes through two periods and they were frustrated. The other players have to understand that it's not just two or three guys that have to get the job done."

Neal left the game after the second period with an upper-body injury. Predators forward Colton Sissons left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.

Rinne made 22 saves.

 

Goal of the game

Fisher got the puck in the right faceoff circle and found Johansen for the one-timer that beat Hellebuyck.

Video: WPG@NSH: Johansen capitalizes off a turnover for PPG

 

Save of the game

Rinne made a save on Jets forward Patrik Laine in the second period on a partial breakaway. Laine got behind the defense and took a wrist shot on the blocker side that Rinne stopped.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Fisher's pass on Wilson's first goal came from along the boards next to the right faceoff circle and went cross-ice to Wilson in the crease.

Video: WPG@NSH: Wilson nets Fisher's nice cross-ice dish

 

Highlight of the game

Neal's goal bounced off of his stick and above the shoulder of Hellebuyck into the net. He chopped at the puck and got enough of it to send it airborne toward the net.

Video: WPG@NSH: Neal chips the puck in for odd PPG

 

They said it

"I think we all know that and we've been talking about it, but at the same time you try not to make extra pressure about it. We still have to take the same game on the road. We have to go on the road and not to wait for what's going to happen in the game. We have to initiate and attack the game and go after it like the way we play at home too. It's going to be a big game in Winnipeg on Sunday." -- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on transferring success at home to the road

 

Need to know

Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom missed the game for a personal matter. ... Rinne is 8-1-2 with a 1.35 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in November. ... Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis missed the game with an upper-body injury and is day to day. ... Predators defenseman Anthony Bitetto returned after missing 18 games with an upper-body injury.

 

What's next

Jets: Host the Predators on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the Jets on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

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