One step forward, two attackers took a step back.
That was the story of the Nashville Predators on Friday, when goalie Juuse Saros returned after missing two games with an illness unrelated to COVID.
The other part of the story was late scrapes from forwards Matt Duchene and Colton Sissons, both of whom suffered upper-body injuries in what turned out to be a 3-2 win for the Predators. , their fourth in a row.
Duchene leads the team with 13 goals and is second with 25 points.
The Predators got as many penalties – three – as they had shots on goal in the scoreless first period, half as many as the Devils.
Pavel Zacha scored the first for the Devils, scoring his ninth goal of the season with 8:26 left in the second.
Predators captain Roman Josi eliminated that deficit with 6:49 left in the period when he scored on an assist from Philip Tomasino for his ninth goal.
Eeli Tolvanen’s power-play goal with 2:07 left in the second put the Predators ahead and was his fourth goal in four games. It was Josi’s 110th career multi-point game, tied with Martin Erat for second in franchise history behind David Legwand (120), the first draft pick in team history. .
Soon after, Mikael Granlund and Devils captain Nico Hischier dropped the gloves, scoring the first NHL fight for the two, who have combined more than 850 career regular-season games.
Yakov Trenin made it 3-1 with 13:49 left with a rebound, his second straight game with a goal.
The Devils emptied their net, then put one in the Predators’ net with 1:05 to go to reduce their deficit to one.
The Devils are 10-10-4, while the Predators are 16-10-1 and have moved up to second in the Central Division.
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