Forsberg's goals cap Preds' comeback
o SAINT PAUL--Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period as the Nashville Predators rallied from an early deficit to cap their long road trip with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
• SAINT PAUL-Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period as the Nashville Predators rallied from an early deficit to cap their long road trip with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
• Forsberg recorded his first two-goal game of the season. He scored on a rebound early in the third to tie the game, then got the game-winner with just over six minutes to play, beating Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper low with a shot from the far boards.
• The Predators trailed 2-0 early but got a goal from James Neal in the second period and then Forsberg's pair late. Ryan Johansen added an empty-net goal with 78 seconds left in the third.
• Pekka Rinne overcame a rough start to stop 21 shots as Nashville (23-17-7) won four out of five on its road swing.
• Minnesota, playing the second of back-to-back games, built an early lead on goals by Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville, but was dominated in the final 40 minutes. The Wild (30-11-5) got 28 saves from Kuemper while falling at home for just the sixth time this season.
• Forsberg tied the game after a shot by Victor Arvidsson got caught in the skates of Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon just long enough for the Predators to get a shot off and past Kuemper.
• Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter hit the post with two minutes to play, just missing tying the game prior to the Johansen empty-netter.
• With Wild captain Mikko Koivu scratched shortly before the game, the team's second line was juggled, and the trio clicked right away. Center Jordan Schroeder passed from the far boards to Jason Zucker in the high slot. Zucker fed a quick pass to Granlund, who was in alone on Rinne and tucked a low shot around the goalie's out-stretched right skate. It was the first goal of 2017 for Granlund, who last scored in a New Year's Eve loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• Pominville doubled the Wild lead before the first period was half over, snapping in a wrist shot that found a small gap under Rinne's left arm. The first period ended with the shots even at 10 for each team.
• Nashville recorded the first four shots of the second, and finally solved Kuemper early in the period. After a centering pass from Mike Ribeiro, Neal used Wild defenseman Ryan Suter as a screen. With Kuemper's view obstructed, Neal ripped a shot over the goalie's left arm and into the upper corner of the net. It was the team-leading 16th goal of the season for Neal and his second in the past three games.
• The Predators pressed throughout the second, out-shooting Minnesota 10-4, but still trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.
• NOTES: Wild captain Mikko Koivu was ruled inactive before warmups due to an illness. C Jordan Schroeder took his place on Minnesota's second line, and RW Kurtis Gabriel was inserted in the lineup on the Wild's fourth line. ... While happy to have D P.K. Subban back in the lineup, Nashville was without D Roman Josi for the fifth consecutive game on Sunday. Josi sustained an upper-body injury in a 2-1 home win over the Boston Bruins on Jan. 12 and has not played since. ... With just one point in his past 27 games, Wild C Tyler Graovac was a healthy scratch on Saturday, but was back in the lineup on Sunday, anchoring the team's fourth line. He finished with no points and minus-1 rating. ... After finishing a five-game road trip, the Predators are home for their next two games before the All-Star break, including a Tuesday date against the Buffalo Sabres. The Wild's next game is on the road versus the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Suter pushes Wild past Ducks
Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter celebrated his birthday in grand style on Saturday night, setting up the tying goal and scoring the game-winner less than a minute later as the Wild rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
With the Wild trailing by a goal in the waning minutes of the third period, Suter's cross-ice pass was redirected by Erik Haula past Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier to tie the score. Just 36 seconds later, Suter's seeing-eye shot from below the goal line banked off Bernier's pad and into the net.
Haula and Jason Zucker each had two goals-Zucker's second coming on a late breakaway-and Devan Dubnyk had 26 saves for the Wild (30-10-5) in the meeting of the Western Conference's two division leaders. It was Minnesota's second win over Anaheim in the past two weeks.
Stefan Noesen, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who dealt with an early deficit and the loss of their starting goaltender.