Josi and Forsberg scored a goal in the shootout when the Predators ended a streak of three losses. Beginner Eeli Tolvanen had a goal and support in regulation, Mikael Granlund and Jarnkrok Street additional goals and Pekka gutter made 35 parades for Nashville.
Filip Forsberg added two assists as the Predators built a 3-0 lead through two periods. Nashville had lost its last three games, including the last two against Florida.
“We didn’t like our last couple of games,” said coach John Hynes. “We got off to a good start and they made a push. There are certain things we could have done better, but you will find a way to win. ”
Beginner Jake Oettinger made 17 saves one night after the 22-year-old’s first NHL shutout for the Stars, who are 1-4-1 in their last six games. Robertson also scored the Stars’ only shootout goal and had an assist.
The Predators and Stars gained ground thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks’ regulatory loss on Sunday afternoon as they tried to secure playoff spots in the Central Division. Sixth in Nashville, with a game on the Blackhawks, is nine points behind fourth in Chicago. Seventh place in Dallas is 12 out of four with six games in Chicago.
For the second time in three home games, the stars recovered from a 3-0 deficit. They didn’t earn any points last Thursday when they lost 3-2 to Columbus.
“You get a little bit desperate, you start to really play on your toes and push,” said Pavelski, who had a career height of 10 strokes. “It’s about getting the first one sooner.”
Stars coach Rick Bowness said: “We had 22 chances to score. They had 11. What should I tell you? ”
Granlund distracted with a wrist shot by Forsberg from the high slot for his fifth goal of the season and brought the Predators 1-0 lead at 15:31 in the first phase of the power play.
Just 1:18 later, Jarnkrok collected a loose puck between the circles and shot into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.
Tolvanen scored his fifth goal of the season and fourth power play goal – the highest among NHL newbies – in a blow from the left point at 1:12 p.m. of the second half. That came 35 seconds after a goal from Josi of Dallas was successfully challenged for goalkeeper interference against Granlund.
Faksa’s backhand goal came at 12:30 p.m. in the third half. Pavelski scored near the crease at 2:46 p.m. for his 12th goal of the season and the NHL-leading 10th power play goal when Rinne pushed the net off the right bar. After a review, he made a good decision.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE ON THE NET
With Saros hair The 38-year-old Rinne, who was brought to an injured reserve last Thursday, played for the first time in 15 months on consecutive days in different cities. On Saturday he allowed six goals in a 6-2 loss to Florida.
Rinne made several direct saves in regulation, including a Pavelski runaway. At 1-1 in the third-round shootout, he raised his stick to block a shot from Pavelski, which distorted as he ran away from the net.
“He saves in practice every day,” said Granlund. “He’s one of the best goalkeepers I’ve ever seen and I’m so happy for him.”
Stars defenders Miro Heiskanen had two assists after scoring in the last two games. Heiskanen partly played a season high of 32:30 because John Klingberg I missed a game for the first time since the round robin bubble game last August. Klingberg’s fiancée gave birth to the couple’s first child early on Sunday morning.
Oettinger was the 26th overall winner in 2017, Tolvanen the 30th … An assist was the Dallas captain Jamie Benn 699 career points. … Sunday’s game was the setup of the February 15th game, which was postponed due to the weather-related power outage in Texas.
Predators: Visit Carolina on Tuesday for the second game of a 15-day eight-game road trip that ends March 21 in Dallas.
Stars: host Chicago on Tuesday and Thursday to close a six-game homestand.