NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Juuse Saros made 35 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Mattias Ekholm, Tanner Jeannot, Eeli Tolvanen and Yakov Trenin scored for Predator, who won 5/6. Roman Josi has three assists and Colton Sissons has two more.
“Obviously a lot of fun. It was a tight race to the knockouts,” said Saros. “Every point is important. It’s fun, but it’s also fun. ”
Jake Guentzel had the only goal and Casey DeSmith saved 21 shots for Pittsburgh, winning the previous two.
“I really like our energy,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “I love our effort. I think we played a tough game tonight. We didn’t end up on the right side of the score, but I think if we put in that effort, if we carry that commitment, we’ll win a lot of games. ”
Ekholm scored the first with 1.5 seconds left in opening time. From the high slit, Filip Forsberg found his Swedish compatriot sliding down the left flank to divert into the open net.
“When you play a tight team, you have to do some unexpected things, and that’s what happened,” Ekholm said. “It ended up in the back of the net, a big goal at the time.”
Guentzel forces it 14 minutes into the second.
Sidney Crosby won head-to-head in the left circle against Kris Letang, who found Guentzel open in the right circle. He beat Saros for his 29th goal.
“It was just a great match against Sid to get a draw and (Letang) get through well, and that draw took five boys,” Guentzel said.
Saros was not beaten again. He stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third round.
“Juice has played at a high level in every game he has played this year,” said Predators coach John Hynes.
Just 1 hour and 40 minutes later, Nashville regained the lead when Jeannot blocked Josi’s shot from the corner of DeSmith’s net.
Tolvanen switched secession at 1:23 later after Letang and Mike Matheson nearly collided at the Nashville blue boundary, leaving Tolvanen alone on DeSmith.
Trenin scored another goal into the empty net late.
Josi entered the game with a high career record in terms of goals (17) and points (66). His three assists got him a new career best in that category as well with 52.
Tuesday was his 18th multi-pointer of the season. He also extended his streak to seven games.
Josi won the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s top defender in 2020.
With his assist in Guentzel’s goal, Crosby progressed to a tie with former Detroit Red Wings defender Nicklas Lidstrom to place 22nd on the NHL’s career list with 878.
This support also extended Crosby’s streak to 10 games. He is the third Penguins player this season with a streak of 10 or more games, along with Guentzel (13) and Letang (10).
Matt Duchene also had an assist on Ekholm’s goal. Duchene extended his scoring streak to seven games (eight goals, six assists). … With his assist, Forsberg has a point in four straight games.
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