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Predators 6, Maple Leafs 3

Eeli Tolvanen, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Yakov Trenin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Tanner Jeannot and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators, who have won three of four. Juuse Saros made 38 saves, Roman Josi had three assists and Colton Sissons added two.

Josi and Duchene extended their point streaks to nine games. Josi has three or more points in each of his last four.

“I thought defensively we played pretty sound, and I really like our puck play,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Mitchell Marner had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews added a goal and an assist, and Erik Kallgren made 28 saves for Toronto, which won its previous two games.

Forsberg’s goal at 12:11 of the third period gave him 33 on the season and 211 for his career, setting a Nashville record.

“It was awesome,” Forsberg said. “Obviously, it’s been a great ride so far.”

Jeannot scored first at 13:46 of the opening period.

Sissons carried the puck into the Toronto zone on the right side and cut to the middle. He found Jeannot skating on the left side, and he beat Kallgren with a wrist shot high to the far side.

Tolvanen made it 2-0 at 1:48 of the second when he redirected Jeremy Davies’ shot from the left point by Kallgren.

“They played a lot harder than us at the start of the game for sure,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said.

Marner halved the Nashville lead at 8:04 of the second.

The Predators regained a two-goal lead at 10:52 of the second when Ekholm connected on a one-timer from the right boards off a feed from Alexandre Carrier.

At 3:41 of the third, Matthews collected the rebound of his own shot and beat Saros just inside the left post to draw the Maple Leafs within a goal.

Duchene scored off a rebound of Forsberg’s shot at 14:09 of the third. The goal was Duchene’s 33rd of the season, setting a career high.

Marner scored again at 15:19 of the third and Trenin added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Forsberg’s goal broke the franchise record previously held by David Legwand. Saturday was Forsberg’s 546th game played, while Legwand set his mark in 956 games.

Matthews played his first game since serving a two-game suspension for cross-checking Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin in the neck in last Sunday’s Heritage Classic.

Matthews scored his NHL-leading 46th goal of the season early in the third period. He has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in his last six games.

“For me, I think it just kind of took me a period to get going,” Matthews said. “Even still, I felt maybe just like my timing a little bit off, a quarter-second off. I think that is kind of to be expected, but I think halfway through the game I kind of started feeling more like myself.”

Toronto right wing Ondrej Kase left early in the second period after a neutral-zone collision with Nashville’s Matt Duchene.

Later in the period, the Maple Leafs announced Kase would not return to the game for precautionary reasons.

After the game, Keefe said Kase would be re-evaluated Sunday. “I was told he was doing OK, certainly a lot better than he was doing when he came off the ice,” Keefe said.

Nashville recalled defensemen Davies and Matt Tennyson from Milwaukee of the AHL and inserted them into the lineup as the team’s third pairing. In corresponding moves, the Predators placed blueliners Matt Benning and Mark Borowiecki on injured reserve.

Borowiecki has missed Nashville’s last seven games due to a lower-body injury. Benning has missed two games with an upper-body injury.

Nashville also placed defenseman Philippe Myers on waivers.

Penguins 4, Coyotes 1

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored third-period goals to help Pittsburgh beat Arizona.

Malkin broke a 1-1 tie with 7:24 to play. He was stopped on a drive to the net against Scott Wedgewood, but finally corralled the puck and chipped it in for his 11th goal of the season. The Russian center has only played 27 games this season due to injuries.

Playing in front of many Pittsburgh fans in the desert, Crosby picked up a rebound off Jake Guentzel’s shot to score with 3:37 left and added an empty-net goal with 1:50 to play.

Kasperi Kapanen also scored for Pittsburgh. Clayton Keller scored for Arizona.

Golden Knights 5, Kings 1

Logan Thompson stopped 37 shots and Vegas beat Los Angeles.

Thompson, last season’s American Hockey League goalie of the year for Vegas’ affiliate in nearby Henderson, picked up his second straight win for the Golden Knights, who have won two straight after a franchise-worst five-game losing streak.

Evgenii Dadonov, Chandler Stephenson, Mattias Janmark, Alex Pietrangelo and Michael Amadio scored for the Golden Knights.

Phillip Danault scored for Los Angeles, and Cal Petersen made 19 saves.

Wild 3, Blackhawks 1

Ryan Hartman scored with 3:13 left in the game, and Minnesota beat Chicago to finish off a four-game season sweep of its Central Division rival.

Frederick Gaudreau and Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota. Cam Talbot made 21 saves to win his fifth straight, improving to 9-4-0 in his last 13 starts.

Seth Jones scored his first goal in 36 games for the Blackhawks, and Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves. Lankinen started in goal instead of Marc-Andre Fleury, who could be moved to a contender by Monday’s trade deadline.

Blue Jackets 5, Blues 4

Gus Nyquist, Patrik Laine and Emil Bemstrom each had a goal and an assist, lifting Columbus over St. Louis and sending the Blues to their third straight loss.

Sean Kuraly and Jakub Voracek also scored, and Eric Robinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand each added two assists in Columbus’ fourth win in five games. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 19 shots before being replaced by Joonas Kopisalo due to injury in the third.

David Perron had a hat trick and an assist, and rookie Alexi Toropchenko scored for the Blues, who have lost seven of their last nine and cling to second place in the Central Division by a single point over the Minnesota Wild. Ville Husso stopped 22 shots.

Canadiens 5, Senators 1

Jake Allen made 29 saves for his first victory since late November, helping Montreal beat Ottawa.

Jake Evans had a goal and an assist for Montreal, and Paul Byron, Cole Caufield, Joel Armia and Brett Kulak also scored.

Allen recently returned from an injury sustained in January. He last won Nov. 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Josh Norris scored for Ottawa, and Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves.

Flames 5, Canucks 2

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists, Rasmus Andersson had a goal and an assist and Calgary beat Vancouver.

Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames. Dan Vladar had 23 saves to help the Flames bounce back from a 1-0 loss in overtime at home to Buffalo on Friday night.

Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser scored for Vancouver. Thatcher Demko stopped 25 of 29 shots through two periods, and Jaroslav Halak had 14 saves in the third in his first appearance since Feb. 28.

The Flames outshot Vancouver 44-25 to improve to 7-4-1 in the second half of back-to-backs this season.

Kraken 4, Red Wings 2

Yanni Gourde scored two of Seattle's four goals in the third period, including the winner with 6:47 remaining, and the Kraken rallied past Detroit.

Jaden Schwartz and defenseman Adam Larsson also scored for the Kraken, who dominated much of the game and finished with a 42-24 shots advantage. Still, they trailed 2-0 entering the third.

Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose had the goals for Detroit, which has dropped seven of eight.

After struggling to get the puck past Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (38 saves) most of the game, Seattle broke through in the third.


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