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Nashville, TN - The 0-2 Nashville Predators returned to the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena, in front of a sold-out crowd, and picked up their first win of the season against the Minnesota Wild, 3-2.
Former Predator Ryan Suter was greeted with an arena full of “boo” birds the entire night, a reminder of how he left a bad taste in the mouths of the Nashville faithful when he signed with the Wild.
Both teams entered the match 0-2 in desperate need of a win, and Minnesota struck first.Zach Parise scored the first goal of the night on a tip-in off a shot by Mikko Koivu, after a cross ice pass from Ryan Suter. The Wild were on a power play due to a high sticking penalty on Predators rookie Seth Jones.
A penalty on Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak for interference, and Koivu for tripping Jones, and suddenly the Predators had a 5 on 3 advantage.
It would pay off.
Filip Forsberg scored his first NHL goal of his career at 5:07 from the left circle on an assist from Patric Hornqvist and Seth Jones. Then Colin Wilson slapped a hard high one over the stick of Niklas Backstrom and the Preds took a 2-1 lead.
Then Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard tripped Eric Nystrom who was streaking to the net on a breakaway, and the Predators forward crashed into Backstrom slamming him into the goal.
Nystrom was given a penalty shot, but Backstrom left the game, leaving a back up goalie, Josh Harding, to face the penalty shot as his first action of the night.
It didn’t go well for Harding, as Nystrom went top shelf for the score, and Nashville now led 3-1.
Minnesota would pull within a goal to make it 3-2 when Jared Spurgeon would score on a power play on a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne at 7:26 .
The rest of the night belonged to the Nashville goalie, as Rinne was stellar to the end.
Nashville is back home on Thursday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Smashville.
Backstrom would leave the game due to a lower body injury and will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Minnesota Wild 2 – 3 Nashville Predators
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