Filip Forsberg scored twice and Juuse Saros made 30 saves in the 100th win of his NHL career, leading the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
“It’s pretty cool,” Saros said. “You don’t really think about those things growing up, you just try to make it to the NHL. I’ve obviously played with a lot of good guys and good teams, so they’ve helped me getting to that number.”
Ryan Johansen and Tanner Jeannot also scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five games.
“That was four games in six nights in four different cities, that’s a lot of travel,” Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We played a pretty good team that was rested. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they were pretty fatigued, but they never quit.”
Saros, who earlier Tuesday was named the NHL’s second star for the month of January, is headed to Las Vegas later this week for his first All-Star game appearance.
“It’s a great feather in his cap to get the 100 wins, and I think it’s great for the organization that you have a guy like him that’s your lead dog in net,” Predators coach John Hynes said.
Highmore scored the game’s first goal at 7:56 of the opening period.
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Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm’s attempted pass at centre ice hit a skate and bounced to the right wall, where Juho Lammikko carried it into the Nashville zone and found Highmore in the slot. He beat Saros on the glove side.
The Predators took a brief lead after goals by Johansen and Forsberg in a 1:08 span.
Johansen tied it at 14:22 of the first on a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot, just one second after a penalty on Jeannot expired.
Forsberg followed with a goal at 15:30, redirecting Philippe Myers’ shot from the point past Demko.
“I just try to do the same thing every night, try to come prepared to every practice, every game,” Forsberg said.
Ekman-Larsson sent the teams to the first intermission tied at 2 with a spinning shot from the blue line through traffic that eluded Saros at 17:36.
Forsberg’s second goal of the game came at 3:12 of the second, with Nashville on a power pay.
Jeannot pounced on a rebound of Ekholm’s shot at 1:28 of the third for his 14th goal of the season, tops among NHL rookies.