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Five Predators score in victory against Jets

Fiala, Johansen, Turris each has goal, assist; Nashville gets seventh win in eight games

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Kevin Fiala, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris each had a goal and an assist for the Nashville Predators in a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

The Predators (12-6-2) have won seven of eight games, including four in a row at home, where they are 7-1-1.

Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm scored a goal for the fourth straight game, Viktor Arvidsson, P.K. Subban and Roman Josi each had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.

 

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Ekholm's four goals in four games are a Predators record for defensemen.

"I'm playing on a really good power play unit," Ekholm said. "I play with [Turris] and [Josi] on my flanks, and [Fiala] is really good in the middle and [Colton Sissons] is always in front of the net, so credit to those guys for giving me the opportunities to shoot the puck and getting those really good looks."

Mathieu Perreault scored two goals for the Jets (12-5-3), who lost for the first time in five games.

"We got in the [penalty] box, that's a problem for us," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "And then some self-inflicted wounds on the penalty kill, things that we didn't need to chase or turnovers that we can't have. And then at the end, our gap was off a little bit."

Fiala gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 3:31 of the first period. He received a pass from Subban on a delayed penalty and beat goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a backhand.

Video: WPG@NSH: Ekholm fires slap shot for power-play goal

"He's a competitor," Johansen said. "You guys, I'm sure, can see that from watching the games, the way he battles on pucks and competes for ice and body position. It's what makes him successful. When he's got that dog-on-a-bone mentality, he's a dangerous player. I sure wouldn't want to play against him."

Perreault scored on the power play to tie it 1-1 at 6:23 of the first on a redirection of a Tyler Myers shot.

Johansen gave the Predators a 2-1 lead 26 seconds into the second period. Filip Forsberg passed to Johansen, who beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot from the slot for his 300th NHL point.

"I'm getting old is what it feels like," Johansen said of the milestone. "It's cool, though. But, yeah, just something to smile about, I guess."

Turris made it 3-1 when he one-timed a pass from Josi past Hellebuyck on the power play at 11:32 of the second.

Video: WPG@NSH: Turris blasts strong one-timer for PPG

Ekholm put the Predators ahead 4-1 with 57 seconds left in the second with a slap shot through traffic from the point after receiving a pass from Josi.

"I thought we played well," Ekholm said. "They're a good team. It was an even hockey game, 1-1 (after the first period) I think was probably a good result for both teams. And then we got out in the second, and we just stepped on the gas I feel like. They looked tired, and we just kept coming at them."

Nick Bonino gave Nashville a 5-1 lead at 9:16 of the third period on a backhand from the slot before Myers scored at 10:40 to make it 5-2.

Perreault scored his second of the night to get the Jets within 5-3 at 16:06. It was his fifth goal of the season, fourth in the three games.

Video: WPG@NSH: Perreault deflects one-timer for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Johansen's goal 26 seconds into the second period.

Video: WPG@NSH: Johansen snipes wrister for 300th NHL point

 
Save of the game

Rinne stopping Patrik Laine at 7:32 of the third period.

Video: WPG@NSH: Rinne turns away Laine's wrister

 
Highlight of the game

Fiala's goal at 3:31 of the first period.

Video: WPG@NSH: Fiala pots spinning backhander

 
They said it

"You know what, we've been pretty darn consistent after our first two that we started the season. We've had a couple that you don't like. Every team's got that. We've been pretty resilient in games, but I'd say we've been pretty consistent." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on their first 20 games

 

"He plays both ends of the ice, left side, right side, I don't think it matters. I think what we're seeing is he's got a real good shot from the point right now. He's getting some power play time, and he's really bringing the hammer, I think, from the weak side of the ice. It looks good. That's good for him. He's done a really good job fitting in on the power play. I think the power play, the 5-on-4 part of it, has looked really good in the last 10 games or so, where we've been able to produce and score some goals, and he's a big part of that." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on defenseman Mattias Ekholm

 

Need to know

Laine's eight-game point streak came to an end. … Johansen has two goals in his past three games after not scoring the first 17 games of the season.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-TN, RDS, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Balanced attack leads Predators past Jets, 5-3

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