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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadians 4-2

 

Nashville PredatorsMontreal, Quebec – The Nashville Predators have found themselves back in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a big win tonight over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2.

Facing their former captain, Shea Weber, Nashville used an explosive second period to grab the win, but then had to fend off a furious Canadians attack in the third period for the win.

Led by Filip Forsberg, who continues his hot play, the Predators would take a 4-0 lead after period two.  Forsberg had two goals and an assist on the night.  

Nashville Predators move into a wild-card spot with tonight's win over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2.  (Michael Strasinger)

Nashville Predators move into a wild-card spot with tonight’s win over the Montreal Canadians, 4-2. (Michael Strasinger)

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Nashville Predators snap losing streak with win over the Montreal Canadiens 3-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators finally righted the ship with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Bridgestone Arena. 

Newly acquired big man Brian Boyle scored his first goal as a Predator and Viktor Arvidsson added to his torrid scoring streak for the victory. 

Arvidsson scored his 24th goal of the season tonight, a remarkable feat considering he was injured and didn’t return to the lineup until New Years Eve. Nashville wrapped up a three game home stand and snapped a three game losing streak tonight with the win.  

 Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1

 

Nashville PredatorsMontreal Quebec, Can– The Nashville Predators rebounded from last night’s loss to Detroit, winning the back end of a “back-to-back” series, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Craig Smith scored twice and Juuse Saros was stellar in goal for the win.  Nashville was playing their old captain Shea Weber who scored the only Montreal goal. 

Smith got the scoring started for the Predators at 10:44 of the first period, finding a rebound in front of the Montreal net and slipping the puck into the net past Carey Price for the 1-0 lead.

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at Bell Centre. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – Pekka Rinne blocked 47 shots, the second highest total in his illustrious career, and Ryan Ellis scored the game winner, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 at the Bell Center.  Tonight’s win was the third overtime game of the four game road swing.   

Rinne showed why he should be in the conversation about “elite” NHL goaltenders, with tonight’s performance. Not only did he stonewall the Canadiens for the victory, but the Predator’s netminder stopped 10 shots in the overtime period alone.   Montreal netminder Carey Price, blocked 30 shots on the night.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (59) assists during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport)

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