Predators get back in the win column with strong win over Senators.

The Nashville Predators hosted the Ottawa Senators for the first game of a back-to-back stretch on Monday night. The Predators were riding a two-game losing streak headed into the contest while the Senators were winners of their last two games and both of those streaks were snapped as the Predators earned a 5-2 victory.

Viktor Arvidsson was dominant for the Predators netting two goals on the night while Filip Forsberg and Kevin Fiala each picked up two assists as well.

The Predators certainly were on the lookout for a quick start on Monday night and that’s what they got. Nashville grabbed a 1-0 lead 9:28 into the contest when Roman Josi sent a blast past Craig Anderson for the power play tally.

The Preds then doubled up their lead with 5:28 left in the period as the first-line of Ryan Johansen, Forsberg and Arvidsson linked up for an impressive goal capped off with Arvidsson lighting the lamp for the 19th time this season.

The 2-0 lead lasted just 1:31 as the Senators capitalized on their first power play chance of the evening. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored only 22 seconds into the man advantage for what was the third and final goal of the frame.

Both teams managed 20 shot attempts in the opening period while 14 of the Sens’ shots were on target while nine were on goal for the Predators.

The Predators continued their success on the power play early on in the second period. After Zack Smith was whistled for tripping, the Preds dished the puck along the blue line before Ryan Ellis sent a laser into the back of the net to make it a 3-1 contest.

Exactly like they did in the first period, the Senators answered right back 1:31 later to make it a one-goal contest yet again as Max McCormick scored his second goal against the Preds this season.

The goal scoring fest continued as the Preds made it a 4-2 game less than two minutes after the McCormick goal. Forsberg was able to steal the puck from Erik Karlsson just outside the trapezoid and he found a streaking Arvidsson who was there to score his 20th goal of the season.

The period would end with the 4-2 scoreline as both the Sens and Predators put 15 shots on net in the frame.

The final period of the game piggybacked off of a rather high-paced second period and hit a different gear with both clubs flying around the ice.

Nashville was able to add yet another insurance marker 8:15 into the period when Fiala and his active stick created a a 2-on-1 chance and he found Craig Smith who went top shelf for what was his 18th goal of the season.

Monday’s 5-2 result for the Predators was a strong one coming off of back-to-back losses and a rather poor stretch of play over their last handful of games.

Pekka Rinne finished the night with 36 saves on 38 shots faced. The Predators out shot the Sens 41-38 on the night.

The Predators are back in action on Tuesday night as they play visitor to the Detroit Red Wings at 6:30 p.m. CST.

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