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Predators double up Kraken for third straight win

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2022, 15:55 GMT+10

Filip Forsberg scored on an end-to-end rush as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 4-2 victory over the host Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night.

Luke Kunin, Mattias Ekholm and Matt Duchene also tallied, Forsberg contributed an assist and Juuse Saros made 33 saves for the Predators. Nashville won its third game in a row and moved past the idle St. Louis Blues into second place in the Central Division.

Jared McCann and Adam Larsson scored and Marcus Johansson had two assists for the expansion Kraken, who had won three of their previous four games. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots.

With Nashville trailing 2-1 in the second period, Forsberg collected an errant Seattle shot and skated behind his own net. He then cruised all the way down the right wing before putting a wrist shot from the faceoff circle high off the far post and into the net to tie the score at 15:15.

The Predators took the lead just 1:16 later. Ekholm received a drop pass from Tanner Jeannot and skated the puck down the left-wing boards before circling the back of the Seattle net. Ekholm's wraparound attempt went off the skate of Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn and over the goal line.

Duchene added a power-play goal at 15:51 of the third to help clinch the victory.

Seattle opened the scoring as McCann tallied on a five-on-three man advantage at 8:59 of the first. McCann took a pass from Mark Giordano and blasted a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past a screened Saros.

The Kraken had a chance to extend the lead, but Saros stopped Yanni Gourde on a breakaway with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first.

The Predators tied the score with 21 seconds left in the period on Kunin's one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle off a pass from Matt Benning.

The Kraken regained the lead at 12:21 of the second. Gourde tracked down a deflected shot behind the Nashville net and sent a backhanded pass to a wide-open Larsson in the slot, and Larsson scored on a one-timer.

--Field Level Media

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