National Hockey League
Nashville 5, Minnesota 2
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 24, 2021
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Chris Schlenker, Furman South
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Justin Johnson
Attendance: 16014

Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, Ryan Johansen tallied twice and goaltender Connor Ingram won his NHL debut as the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Sunday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist, Tanner Jeannot also scored and Matt Duchene had three assists for the Predators, who posted their first road victory of the season.

Ingram, a 24-year-old who split last season between the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves and Sweden, made 33 saves.

Nick Bjugstad and Nico Sturm scored for the Wild, who saw their season-opening four-game winning streak come to an end. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, making his first start of the season, stopped 24 of 29 shots.

The Predators, coming off a 6-4 loss in Winnipeg the previous day, charged to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Josi, the 2020 Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 3:45 in, after Kahkonen allowed a long rebound on a shot by Duchene.

Johansen made it 2-0 on the power play at 5:54, knocking his own rebound into the net.

Josi set up Johansen at 12:25 of the first, taking the puck at the point, spinning past a defender and feeding a wide-open Johansen for a one-timer from between the top of the faceoff circles.

Bjugstad got the Wild on the board at 11:30 of the second, taking a pass off the boards from Jon Merrill and skating down the right wing before burying a shot just inside the far post.

Josi hit a slap shot from the point at 13:15, and it careened off Forsberg's leg and past Kahkonen to restore Nashville's three-goal advantage. The goal was first credited to Josi, but later changed to Forsberg.

Jeannot took a pass from Yakov Trenin and batted it out of midair and into the net to give the Predators a 5-1 lead at 18:35 of the second.

Sturm scored after a Brandon Duhaime shot squirted through Ingram's pads and stopped just shy of the goal line, with Sturm tapping it home with three seconds left in the second to make it 5-2.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   Minnesota
Roman Josi 4 Points Nick Bjugstad 1
Ryan Johansen 2 Goals Nick Bjugstad 1
Roman Josi 3 Assists Brandon Duhaime 1
Ryan Johansen 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Ingram .943 Save Percentage Kaapo Kahkonen .828
Connor Ingram 33 Saves Kaapo Kahkonen 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 29 5 2-6 5-5 10 38
Minnesota 35 2 0-5 4-6 12 32
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Vancouver. The Wild have a W/L % of .750 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Predators have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.