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Roman Josi's four-point night leads Predators over Wild

Field Level Media
25 Oct 2021, 11:19 GMT+10

Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, Ryan Johansen tallied twice and goaltender Connor Ingram won his NHL debut as the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Sunday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist, Tanner Jeannot also scored and Matt Duchene had three assists for the Predators, who posted their first road victory of the season.

Ingram, a 24-year-old who split last season between the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves and Sweden, made 33 saves.

Nick Bjugstand and Nico Sturm scored for the Wild, who saw their season-opening four-game winning streak come to an end. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, making his first start of the season, stopped 24 of 29 shots.

The Predators, coming off a 6-4 loss in Winnipeg the previous day, charged to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Josi, the 2020 Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 3:45 in, after Kahkonen allowed a long rebound on a shot by Duchene.

Johansen made it 2-0 on the power play at 5:54, knocking his own rebound into the net.

Josi set up Johansen at 12:25 of the first, taking the puck at the point, spinning past a defender and feeding a wide-open Johansen for a one-timer from between the top of the faceoff circles.

Bjugstad got the Wild on the board at 11:30 of the second, taking a pass off the boards from Jon Merrill and skating down the right wing before burying a shot just inside the far post.

Josi hit a slap shot from the point at 13:15, and it careened off Forsberg's leg and past Kahkonen to restore Nashville's three-goal advantage. The goal was first credited to Josi, but later changed to Forsberg.

Jeannot took a pass from Yakov Trenin and batted it out of midair and into the net to give the Predators a 5-1 lead at 18:35 of the second.

Sturm scored after a Brandon Duhaime shot squirted through Ingram's pads and stopped just shy of the goal line, with Sturm tapping it home with three seconds left in the second to make it 5-2.

--Field Level Media

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