Las Vegas, NV – The Nashville Predators rolled into Las Vegas tonight and defeated the Golden Knights, 2-1. Getting the two points was just what the doctor ordered before the NHL takes it’s annual All-Star break this weekend.
Vegas got on the board first at 8:03 of the first period when Max Pacioretty took a pass from Alex Tuch and buried the puck past Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros for the 1-0 lead.
The teams remained tied after the first period of play with Vegas outshooting the Predators 18-13, but Saros stood tall in net to keep the Predators close.Ryan Johansen, returning from his two game suspension, lit the lamp for Nashville just 52 seconds into the second period, as he was following the play to the net and buried the rebound past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the contest 1-1.
Nick Bonino then gave the Predators the lead that they would never relinquish at 3:53 of the second period, taking a sweet pass between the legs of Fleury from Austin Watson and Nashville to the 2-1 lead.
That would be all of the scoring in tonight’s contest. Las Vegas fired 48 shots on goal to Nashville’s 27, showing what a workhorse Juuse Saros has been in net. And he’s the back-up to Pekka Rinne.
Saros was named the first star of the game for his effort tonight.
Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi will make the trip to San Jose for the All-Star game this Saturday. Nashville’s next game will be Friday February 1 as they travel to play the Florida Panthers.
Their next home game will be Saturday, February 2nd at Bridgestone Arena, when the Dallas Stars will be in town.
Puck drops at 7pm