Devils score twice late, but fall to Predators, 4-2

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi and Alexandre Provider each scored and had a help to lead the Nashville Predators over the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Friday night.

Philip Tomasino and Mikael Granlund likewise scored and Juuse Saros made 23 conserves for Nashville, winners of 2 of 3.

“Our execution was strong, and that allowed us to be able to get to the game and be on the attack,” Nashville coach John Hynes stated. “I thought some things we did in the offensive zone were much more purposeful than we did the other night. We were able to generate quality looks, quality zone time. That again went to some structural things. Guys were hard on pucks.”

Andreas Johnsson and Tomas Tatar scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 conserves for New Jersey, losers of 2 directly.

“That’s probably the worst game I’ve seen us play,” New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff stated. “Didn’t win the compete battles early. Didn’t engage early. Conveniently second on a lot of plays. We wouldn’t have beat anybody tonight. It’s just the truth.”

Saros was fairly untried through the very first 40 minutes, turning aside 2 New Jersey shots in the very first and 7 in the 2nd.

“We weren’t ready and we’ve got to find a way,” Devils captain Nico Hischier stated. “There’s no excuse there. We’ve just got to be ready. Everybody has to do that individually. There’s just no excuse. We’re not winning a game the way we played tonight.”

Josi scored the video game’s very first objective at 7:31 of the opening duration. With the groups skating 4-on-4, Josi’s tough-angle wrist shot from the lower left circle squeezed in between Blackwood’s pads.

2 days after falling 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Predators were better with their effort Friday.

“Against Vegas, we gave them some goals, couple bad turnovers, didn’t really execute out of our zone, and I thought that was a lot better tonight,” Josi stated. “Especially in the first. You could see we had a lot of pressure, a lot of zone time, a lot of shots.”

Tomasino made it 2-0 at 3:30 of the 2nd.

From the left wall, Nick Cousins sent out a focusing pass to Tomasino in the slot, where he had the ability to get simply enough of the puck to tip it previous Blackwood for his 4th objective of the season.

The Predators are 8-0-0 when leading after 2 durations this season.

Granlund extended Nashville’s result in 3-0 at 6:45 of the 3rd from the low slot after taking a pass from Matt Duchene, who was listed below the New Jersey objective line.

Duchene has 20 points in 20 profession video games versus the Devils.

Johnsson ruined Saros’ nothing at 11:58 of the 3rd, scoring his seventh of the season.

Provider scored an empty-net objective with 1:10 staying, which objective was rapidly followed by Tatar, who scored on a breakaway in the last minute.

BASTIAN RETURNS

One day after being declared off waivers from the Seattle Kraken, Nate Bastian went back to New Jersey’s lineup.

“I liked his play,” Ruff stated. “That line gave us energy. They did the right thing. They were heavy on the puck. They got in first.”

The Devils picked Bastian 41st general in the 2016 draft, and he was taken by Seattle in the growth draft prior to this season. After playing 12 video games with the Kraken, Bastian was put on waivers Wednesday and declared by New Jersey.

JOSI 700

Josi played his 700th profession NHL video game, all with the Predators. Picked 38th general in the 2008 draft, Josi won the Norris Prize as the NHL’s finest defenseman in 2020. He has actually functioned as Nashville’s captain because the start of the 2017-18 season.

“Time flies,” Josi stated. “You obviously remember when you first came here, 10 or 11 years ago now. It’s 700 now. It’s pretty cool. I’m definitely grateful to be able to play that many games, play that many games in Nashville with the same team. It’s been an amazing ride. I’m definitely proud of it and I don’t take it for granted for sure.”

He is 4th in Predators franchise history for video games played. Josi routes just David Legwand (956), Shea Weber (763) and Martin Erat (723).

Josi has actually taped the most points by a Swiss-born gamer in NHL history with 466.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Predators take a trip to Colorado on Saturday.

New Jersey returns house Sunday to host the Flyers.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.