Predators extend points streak to 13 games with a 4-2 win over the Jets

Thu, Mar 14, 2024
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Predators extend points streak to 13 games with a 4-2 win over the Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators extended their points streak to 13 games with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

"I thought we played a great game for 60 minutes, honestly, all the way throughout,"? Nyquist said. "Pretty elite job from everyone."

Jason Zucker, Filip Forsberg and Kiefer Sherwood also scored for the Predators, who have gone 11-0-2 in their last 13 contests.

"I think we've learned that there's no easy games in this league," Nyquist said. "No matter whether you're up against a team in the top of the standings or at the bottom.

"We're just finding a way to focus on our game and how we want to play, and if we do that, we know we're a tough opponent for any of the teams."

Roman Josi had two assists for the (Predators.

"We knew it was a big game," Josi said. "They're one of the best teams in the league and I felt like we played a really good game for 60 minutes.

"I felt, in the beginning there, they had a couple of good chances. After that, we were relentless and didn't give them much time."

Juuse Saros made 27 saves in the win.

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"I thought we limited the workload, but when we needed saves, he made huge saves," Nashville coach Andrew Brunette said. "I don't think he was that busy, but when he needed to be, he was right there."

Alex Iafallo and Mason Appleton scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 of 38 shots for Winnipeg, which is among the top teams in the Western Conference.

"It just felt like they were on us, making plays, just finding good connections and making passes across the ice like that," Iafallo said. "Next time we play them, we've got to make sure that we're crisper and taking away stuff in the middle."

Winnipeg pulled to within 4-1 when Iafallo deflected a Brenden Dillon point shot past Saros. Vlad Namestnikov also assisted. The Predators challenged for a high stick, but the goal was upheld and Nashville was charged with a delay of game penalty.

Appleton scored a power-play goal with 11 seconds left in the game.

Saros had stopped Iaffalo on a short-handed breakaway earlier in the third and blocked Sean Monahan's backhand shot when he broke in alone.

The Predators scored two goals in 22 seconds in the second minute of the third period to take a 4-0 lead.

Forsberg converted a backhand pass from Nyquist after a strange bounce in the Jets' end at the 1:29 mark. Zucker then pounced on a rebound of a shot by Colton Sissons and put it past Hellebuyck at 1:51.

There was no scoring in the second, but Hellebuyck had to be sharp as Nashville outshot the Jets 19-6.

Nashville took a 2-0 lead late in the first period when Sherwood fired a wrist shot over Hellebuyck's shoulder from the top of the slot, off a nifty setup from Josi. Cole Smith also assisted.

The Predators scored first early in the opening period when Josi completed a long pass to Nyquist from inside his own zone to the Winnipeg blue line. Nyquist then fired a shot over Hellebuyck's shoulder. Saros got credited for an assist on the goal.

UP NEXT

Predators: Close out a four-game trip in Seattle on Saturday.

Jets: Complete a three-game homestand against Anaheim on Friday.

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