Ryan Johansen nets first hat trick as Predators overpower Wild

Ryan Johansen nets first hat trick as Predators overpower Wild

Ryan Johansen nets first hat trick as Predators overpower Wild

Roman Josi had a goal and two assists and Ryan Johansen scored two of Nashville’s three power-play goals in the first period en route to his first career NHL hat trick as the host Predators rolled over the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Philip Tomasino also had a goal and two assists, Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, Filip Forsberg had three assists and Mattias Ekholm added two assists for Nashville (40-25-4, 84 points), which remained in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Juuse Saros made 47 saves for mediaforest-southafrica.com his 34th victory of the season.

Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (43-21-5, 91 points), which had a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) snapped.

The chippy first period featured 42 combined penalty minutes and three fights as Nashville took a 3-1 lead thanks to the three power-play scores.

Josi made it 1-0 at the 5:10 mark with his 19th goal of the season, firing a wrist shot from the left circle past a screen by Nick Cousins screen and Marc Andre-Fleury’s glove side.

Zuccarello, left alone in the slot, tied it with his 21st goal of the season with a wrist shot past Saros’ blocker side.

But Nashville regained the lead just 25 seconds later on a nifty tic-tac-toe play that Johansen finished with a deflection into an open right side of the net off a Forsberg pass.

Johansen then made it 3-1 with 57 seconds left in the period with the Predators’ third straight power-play score, redirecting Josi’s point shot.

Tomasino made it 4-1 at the 6:06 mark of the second period with his 11th goal of the season, one-timing a Josi pass from the slot just five seconds after Minnesota killed a Matt Dumba interference penalty.

The Wild closed to 4-2 near the end of the period when they converted a 5-on-3 advantage when Kaprizov ripped in a rebound of his own shot from the high slot.

Duchene then sealed it with his 36th goal of the season with 6:32 to go when he snapped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle over Fleury’s right shoulder and into the top far corner.

Johansen added an empty-netter with 6.1 seconds left to garner the hat trick with his 20th goal of the season.

–Field Level Media

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