Forsberg scores overtime goal for Predators in win over Canadiens
Philippe Forsberg scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday.
Forsberg dropped his stick in the attacking zone, retrieved it and made a cross pass of Mikael granlund for his third winning goal.
âI wouldn’t call it a stopped game, but it worked,â Forsberg said. “This has been done before.”
Luc Kunin scored a goal and an assist on his 24th birthday, and Juuse saros made 20 saves for Nashville (13-10-1), including a stop at the pad on Artturi Lehkonen late in the third period. The Canadiens forward had a breakaway at 18:20 and landed his second shot of the period.
“It was by no means the best game, but we took advantage of a few opportune chances and Juuse kept us going and we found a way to win,” Kunin said. “So we’re going to take the colon and it was a good job from everyone.”
Cole caufield and Tyler toffoli got two assists each, and Jake allen made 40 saves for Montreal (6-17-3), which earned its first point in three games since general manager Marc Bergevin was fired on Sunday.
“Overtime can go either way, both teams have had chances,” said the Canadiens forward Nick suzuki noted. “As a group I thought we were going in the right direction in the last few games. We have played a lot better and the victories will come for us.”
Video: MTL @ NSH: Tolvanen opens the scoring with a tip-in
Saros made a blocker save on Mike Hoffmanis pulled from a breakaway with 4:08 left in overtime. Nashville dominated Montreal 17-2 in the third and 44-23 in the game.
“[Allen] made some big saves, âSuzuki said. âIn the third period, we could have slipped away, but he made a big effort and he did it all season.
Kunin drew Nashville at 3-3 when he scored from the edge of the net in a scrum at 10:12 of the third period.
Kulak gave Montreal a 3-2 lead at 3:10. He headed for the net and, on a pass from Caufield to the right, pulled over Saros’ glove for his first goal since May 8 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Eeli Tolvanen ended a 22-game drought to give Nashville a 1-0 lead at 4:52 of the first period. Tolvanen deviated Mattias EkholmSingle left point slap shot over Allen’s left shoulder for his first goal since Oct. 14 against the Seattle Kraken.
Suzuki tied 1-1 at 4:48 of the second period with Montreal’s first power play goal on the road since Oct. 31 (0 for 15).
âI tried really hard to shoot the puck today and luckily one of them came in,â said Suzuki. “It’s really nice to have a goal, to help and to score on the power play and to give us a boost of confidence there.”
Video: MTL @ NSH: Suzuki son in PPG
Christian Dvorak gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead at 10:01, taking advantage of a rebound from a David Savard shot down after beating the Predators defenseman Alexandre carrier to avoid an icing call. Nashville was penalized after an unsuccessful challenge for interference with the goaltender.
Tanner Jeannot had gone 10 games without scoring before deflecting Ekholm’s soaring wrist shot to tie it 2-2 at 5:24 pm. A video review confirmed that Jeannot’s stick made contact with the puck below the level of the crossbar when he swung it down and through Allen’s legs.
“I liked our mental toughness tonight,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “I think we got off to a very good start in the first half and I think we could have exploited our opportunities and our attacking game a little more.”
Montreal defender Jeff petry did not make the trip due to an upper body injury. The Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher and defender Sami niku each missed a second straight game in the NHL COVID-19 protocol.
âWe fought hard and came close to winning,â said Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme. “We were right there, but unfortunately we didn’t get the second point.”
REMARKS: Hoffman led the Canadiens with six shots in 19:57 after missing nine games with an upper body injury. â¦ The Canadians are 1-17-3 when they score three goals or less and 5-0-0 when they score four or more. â¦ Montreal claimed the defender Kale waiver of the Los Angeles Kings earlier Saturday. … It was Forsberg’s eighth goal in overtime, putting him ahead Shea Weber in second place for Nashville (David Legwand, nine). … Kunin scored a Gordie Howe hat trick with a third period fight against Brett Kulak.
Video: Forsberg scores OT winner in win over Canadiens