It was quite a night for the Nashville Predators, both current and former.
Facing the Minnesota Wild for the second consecutive game, the Predators once again came out victorious with a 5-4 shootout win. In a game that saw three lead changes and four game tying goals, the Preds were just a little bit better in the end to come away with two points.
Craig Smith, Brian Boyle, Roman Josi, and Viktor Arvidsson all scored for the Preds, with Arvidsson’s go ahead goal coming at the 8:21 mark of the 3rd period. Then, after the Wild tied it, the game went to overtime and then a shootout.
That led to Ryan Johansen scoring the game winner on a play that looked eerily similar to the game winner he scored on Sunday.
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But before all that happened, the Predators had to fight off a two familiar opponents.
Former Preds coming up big
Kevin Fiala scored twice for the Wild, once in the 1st period and once late in the 3rd period, just over a week after being traded from the Predators to the Wild in exchange for Mikael Granlund. It was Fiala’s 11th and 12th goals of the year and his first multi-goal game of the season.
“That’s what he’s known for, is being able to make plays like that,” teammate Jason Zucker said after the game. “It was good to see him get his first couple with us and hopefully that just puts him on a roll.”
Fiala was happy to get a couple goals, but knew the point was more important for his team.
“It was fun,” Fiala said to media following the loss. “We wanted those two points, but I thought we did a good job to get the one. They had the lead and, in the end, we scored again. So, it was a good point for us. It’s going to be huge for us in the future.”
Another former Preds winger, Pontus Aberg, also scored for the Wild. His goal with just over two minutes left in the 2nd period tied things up at 2-2. Aberg was traded to Edmonton back in 2018 for a 4th round draft pick. He also played against the Predators twice as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Former Predators’ defensemen Anthony Bitetto and Brad Hunt also skated for the Wild last night, but were kept off the score sheet.
Forsberg, Josi get the last laugh
Not only did the Preds get the two points on the night, they also had a couple “mic drop” moments with their former teammate.
In the 3rd period, Fiala got into a minor scrap with Filip Forsberg in front of the Nashville net. While Fiala seemed to taking the scrap somewhat seriously, Forsberg was all smiles.
Ryan Johansen with another shootout winner and Filip Forsberg continues to live that troll life.
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Fiala said after the game that while he is still fond of Forsberg, his emotions about the game got the better of him.
“I love that guy. It’s just emotion. I really wanted to win that game, especially when we lost in Minnesota. Somehow, I got mad with three or four minutes to go and I really wanted to win that game.”
Then in the Predators’ locker room after the game, several players were asked about the performance of their former teammate. A few gave him the praise he deserved, but Roman Josi had the line of the night.
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“We obviously didn’t want him to score,” Josi said. “But he’s been here for a while. He can take the two goals. We’ll take the two points.”
Though he was clearly just kidding around, it was a rare coy moment for Josi, who wanted to make sure the Predators had the last laugh.
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