The Wild got the Preds in the first-game of the home-and-home.
Story written by Mark Harris
The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild battled up North in their first game of their home-and-home set on Friday night and it was the Wild who took the contest by a count of 4-2.
Things did not get off to a great start for the Predators as the Wild controlled the majority of play. Minnesota was the first to light the lamp as well as Mikael Granlund scored 7:34 into the contest. The Preds answered right back as P.K. Subban fired the puck home just past the midway point of the frame to make it a 1-1 contest.
Granlund wasn’t done scoring however as the Finnish forward beat Pekka Rinne yet again less than one minute after Subban’s goal to give the Wild the lead yet again. Minnesota out shot Nashville 18-9 in the opening period. Th Wild also had 10 scoring chances during 5-on-5 play compared to the Preds’ seven.
The flow of the game that was seen in the first period crept into the second period. Minnesota maintained possession in the Nashville zone and created chances while the Preds’ chances only came on the rush. The Wild were the ones to capitalize as Matt Dumba made it a 3-1 game in favor of Minnesota with 6:46 left in the middle frame.
The Predators were able to make it a one-goal contest just 2:52 into the final period thanks to a Kyle Turris snap-shot goal, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Granlund completed his hat trick into an empty net with 51 seconds left in regulation.
The Predators welcome the Wild to Music City Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. CST as they will be seeking revenge.