Maple Leafs fall as Predators’ balanced offensive effort carries them to victory

Eeli Tolvanen, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin every had a purpose and an help to guide the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday evening.

Tanner Jeannot and Mattias Ekholm additionally scored for the Predators, who’ve received three of 4. Juuse Saros made 38 saves, Roman Josi had three assists and Colton Sissons added two.

Josi and Duchene prolonged their level streaks to 9 video games. Josi has three or extra factors in every of his final 4.

“I believed defensively we performed fairly sound and I actually like our puck play,” Nashville coach John Hynes mentioned.

Mitchell Marner had two objectives and an help for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews added a purpose and an help, and Erik Kallgren made 28 saves for Toronto, which received its earlier two video games.

Forsberg’s purpose at 12:11 of the third interval gave him 33 on the season and 211 for his profession, setting a Nashville document.

“It was superior,” Forsberg mentioned. “Clearly, it has been an awesome experience to date.”

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Jeannot scored first at 13:46 of the opening interval.

Sissons carried the puck into the Toronto zone on the correct facet and reduce to the center. He discovered Jeannot skating on the left facet and he beat Kallgren with a wrist shot excessive to the far facet.

Tolvanen made it 2-0 at 1:48 of the second when he redirected Jeremy Davies’ shot from the left level by Kallgren.

“They performed loads more durable than us in the beginning of the sport for positive,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned.

Marner halved the Nashville lead at 8:04 of the second.

The Predators regained a two-goal lead at 10:52 of the second when Ekholm related on a one-timer from the correct boards off a feed from Alexandre Provider.

At 3:41 of the third, Matthews collected the rebound of his personal shot and beat Saros simply contained in the left put up to attract the Maple Leafs inside a purpose.

Duchene scored off a rebound of Forsberg’s shot at 14:09 of the third. The purpose was Duchene’s thirty third of the season, setting a profession excessive.

Marner scored once more at 15:19 of the third and Trenin added an empty-net purpose within the remaining minute.

Matthews returns

Matthews performed his first recreation since serving a two-game suspension for cross-checking Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin within the neck in final Sunday’s Heritage Basic.

Matthews scored his NHL-leading forty sixth purpose of the season early within the third interval. He has 11 factors (9 objectives, two assists) in his final six video games.

“For me, I feel it simply sort of took me a interval to get going,” Matthews mentioned. “Even nonetheless, I felt perhaps similar to my timing somewhat bit off, a quarter-second off. I feel that’s sort of to be anticipated, however I feel midway via the sport I sort of began feeling extra like myself.”


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