Forsberg’s goal and assist lead Predators to Maple Leafs 6-3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eeli Tolvanen, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eeli Tolvanen, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Tanner Jeannot and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who picked up three of four wins. Juuse Saros made 38 saves, Roman Josi had three assists and Colton Sissons added two.

Josi and Duchene extended their point streak to nine games. Josi has three or more points in each of his last four.

“I think defensively we played well and I really like our puck game,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Mitchell Marner had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews added a goal and an assist, and Erik Kallgren made 28 saves for Toronto, which has won its previous two games.

Forsberg’s goal at 12:11 of the third period gave him 33 goals for the season and 211 for his career, setting a Nashville record.

“It was awesome,” Forsberg said. “Obviously it’s been a great race so far.”

Jeannot scored the first at 1:46 of the first period.

Sissons carried the puck into the Toronto zone down the right side and cut down the middle. He found Jeannot skating down the left side and he beat Kallgren with a high wrist flick to the far side.

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

“They played a lot stronger than us at the start of the game for sure,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said.

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

The Predators regained a two-goal lead at 10:52 of the second when Ekholm connected on a one-timer from the right on a pass from Alexandre Carrier.

At 3:41 of the third, Matthews grabbed the rebound on his own shot and beat Saros just inside the left post to draw the Maple Leafs within a goal.

Duchene scored on a rebound from Forsberg’s shot at 14:09 of the third. The goal was Duchene’s 33rd goal of the season, setting a career high.

Marner scored again at 15:19 of the third and Trenin added an empty-netter in the last minute.

RECORD GOAL

Forsberg’s goal broke the franchise record previously held by David Legwand. Saturday was Forsberg’s 546th game, while Legwand set their mark in 956 games.

THE RETURN OF MATTHEWS

Matthews played his first game since serving a two-game suspension for cross-checking Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin on the neck at last Sunday’s Heritage Classic.

Matthews scored his 46th goal of the season, the best in the NHL, early in the third period. He has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in his last six games.

“For me, I think it just took me a while to get started,” Matthews said. “Even still, maybe I just felt like my timing was a little off, a quarter of a second behind. I think it’s a bit to be expected, but I think halfway through the game I started to feel more like myself.

INJURED KASE

Toronto right winger Ondrej Kase left early in the second period after colliding in the neutral zone with Nashville’s Matt Duchene.

Later in the period, the Maple Leafs announced that Kase would not be returning for precautionary reasons.

After the game, Keefe said Kase would be re-evaluated on Sunday. “I was told he was fine, definitely a lot better than when he came off the ice,” Keefe said.

DEFENSIVE MOVEMENTS

Nashville recalled defensemen Davies and Matt Tennyson from Milwaukee from the AHL and added them to the roster as the team’s third pair. In corresponding moves, the Predators placed defensemen Matt Benning and Mark Borowiecki on the disabled list.

Borowiecki has missed Nashville’s last seven games with a lower-body injury. Benning missed two games with an upper body injury.

Nashville also placed defenseman Philippe Myers on waivers.

FOLLOWING

Predators: Visit the Anaheim Ducks to begin a three-game road trip Monday.

Maple Leafs: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

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Jim Diamond, The Associated Press
















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