Predators Beat Wild – Johansen Gets SO Winner

NASHVILLE — Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Nashville Predators beat Minnesota 5-4 on Tuesday for their second win against the Wild in three nights.

Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday when the Predators edged the Wild 3-2 in Minnesota. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped.

Ryan Donato had one last chance, only to see Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stop his shot.

Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist. Roman Josi, Brian Boyle and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which clinched the season series by winning the first three games. The final matchup between the Central Division rivals is March 25 in Minnesota.

Viktor Arvidsson, Luke Kunin
Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson fights Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin for the puck (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Kevin Fiala scored two goals in his first multi-goal game this season against his old team, the second forcing OT to earn the Wild a point in their seventh straight game. Pontus Aberg and Eric Fehr each scored for Minnesota, which entered in the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau took his timeout with 2:22 left in regulation, and Minnesota scored off the faceoff. The puck squirted over to Fiala, who scored from the edge of the slot.

In the shootout, Fiala hit the post. Aberg also missed, and Zach Parise lost the puck before his shot for Minnesota.

This game was opposite night with the Predators’ latest trade acquisitions finally debuting in Nashville after Wayne Simmonds joined his new team a week ago in St. Louis and Mikael Granlund played his first two games on the road. And both Fiala and Anthony Bitetto played their first game back in Nashville after the Predators swapped Fiala for Granlund at the deadline.

The Predators took a 1-0 lead when Smith scored at 1:48 with a snap shot from the slot off a rebound for a 1-0 lead.

When Smith couldn’t handle the puck in the neutral zone, Fiala skated in and took it away. He skated up to the left circle and squeezed the puck between Rinne’s stick and the post for his first goal with Minnesota and 11th of the season to tie it 1-all at 15:25.

The Predators made those trades, including a deal adding Boyle on Feb. 6, to boost the NHL’s worst power-play unit. Boyle parked himself in front of goalie Devan Dubnyk on Nashville’s first man advantage of the game, and he screened Dubnyk on P.K. Subban’s snap shot from the point for a 2-1 lead at 13:38 of the second.

Aberg tied it again at 17:49 of the second, scoring off a wrister past his former teammate.

Wild forward Jason Zucker went to the locker room after a collision knocked him to the ice early in the third and later returned. Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on Fehr’s shot from the slot off an assist from Marcus Foligno at 2:25, but it lasted only 24 seconds before Josi scored his 15th this season off a wrister.

Arvidsson put Nashville up 4-3 with the Predators’ second goal of the third period, skating up the right side and snapping off a shot from the right circle that went under Dubnyk’s right arm. The goal was Arvidsson’s 28th this season and 14th in 21 games.

NOTES: Josi tied his career high with his 15th goal. … Matt Donovan got his first point with Nashville when he assisted on Smith’s goal, the defenceman’s first point in the NHL since Dec. 11, 2014. … Nashville defenceman Yannick Weber was out with an upper-body injury.


Wild: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Predators: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.


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Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press