NASHVILLE, Tenn (AFP) – Eli Tolvanen, Philip Forsberg and Matt Duchene scored a goal and assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.
Tanner Jano, Matthias Ekholm and Jakov Trenin also scored goals for the Predators, who won three of four. Gus Sarros saved 38 balls, Roman Jose scored three assists and Colton Seasons added two goals.
Mitchell Marner scored two goals and one assist for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews added a goal and an assist, and Eric Calgren made 28 saves for Toronto, which had won their previous two games.
Forsberg’s goal at 12:11 from the third period gave him 33 of the season and 211 of his career, setting a Nashville record.
Janu scored first at 13:46 of the opening period.
The Sissons carried the disc to the Toronto area on the right side and cut to the middle. He found Ginot skiing on the left side and hit Calgren with a wrist high shot to the far side.
Tolvanen made it 2-0 at 1:48 of a second when he redirected Jeremy Davis’ shot from Calgren’s left point.
Marner cut Nashville’s lead in half at 8:04 of a second.
The Predators regained their two-goal lead at 10:52 when Ekholm called a timer one of the right boards from a feed from Alexandre Carrier.
At 3:41 of the third, Matthews collected the rebound with his own shot and beat Sarros just inside the left post to draw the Maple Leafs into the goal.
Duchenne scored a rebound for Forsberg’s shot at 14:09 of the third. The goal was Duchenne’s 33rd this season, marking the highest level of his career.
Marner scored again in the 15:19 minute of the third, and Trenin added an empty goal in the last minute.
Forsberg’s goal broke the franchise record previously held by David Leguandt. Forsberg’s game was his 546th on Saturday, while Legwand made his mark in 956 matches.
Matthews played his first game since serving a two-game suspension for accidentally checking Buffalo Rasmus Dahlin in the neck at the Heritage Classic last Sunday.
Matthews scored his 46th goal to lead the National Hockey League on the season early in the third inning on Saturday. He has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in his last six games.
KASE . was injured
Toronto’s right wing left Onridge Cassie early in the second period after colliding with Nashville’s Matt Duchenne.
Later in the period, the Maple Leafs announced that Kase would not be returning to the game for precautionary reasons.
Nashville called up defensive backs Davis and Matt Tennyson of Milwaukee from the AHL and included them in the lineup as the team’s third duo. In the corresponding moves, the Predators put Matt Benning and Mark Borwicki in injured reserve.
Borovicki has missed Nashville’s last seven games with a lower body injury. Benning missed two games with an upper body injury.
Nashville also put defensive man Philip Myers into waivers.
Predators: Visit the Anaheim Ducks to kick off a three-game wild ride on Monday.
Maple Leafs: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
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