NASHVILLE, Tenn. — — Juuso Parssinen scored at 2:44 of additional time to offer the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night time.
Mark Jankowski, Kiefer Sherwood and Yakov Trenin additionally scored for the Predators. Juuse Saros made 21 saves.
“This explicit group over the past six weeks, they’ve been hungry, they’ve been tenacious and so they play with a variety of pleasure,” Predators coach John Hynes stated. “I assumed we did these issues tonight and it was good to see.”
Frederick Gaudreau scored twice and Nic Petan additionally scored for the Wild. Gustav Nyquist had two assists and Filip Gustavsson made 27 saves.
“We thought we competed,” Wild coach Dean Evason stated. “We acquired some extent and the way in which that the blokes competed was constructive.”
In additional time, Parssinen skated via the slot and lifted a between-the-legs spotlight reel shot over Gustavsson’s shoulder for the game-winner.
“I don’t know the way it got here up in my thoughts,” Parssinen stated of the transfer.
Gustavsson gave credit score to the Finnish rookie.
“That’s a pleasant transfer,” he stated. “He comes down, he has a while there after which between the legs, bar down, it’s a pleasant hockey objective.”
The Wild introduced earlier Thursday they’d signed Gaudreau to a five-year, $10.5 million contract that can hold the ahead in Minnesota via the 2027-28 season.
“It’s nice, simply the considered enjoying hockey for 5 extra years on this atmosphere with this group, these teammates, the employees, all people, actually the entire group,” Gaudreau stated. “I really feel very, very grateful.”
Tied 2-2 going into the third, Trenin and Petan traded targets 16 seconds aside late to ship the sport into additional time.
Petan’s objective was his first within the NHL since March 2, 2019.
Minnesota is locked into the Central Division’s third spot and can face both Colorado or Dallas within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Nashville was eradicated from playoff rivalry Tuesday night time when Winnipeg clinched the Western Convention’s closing playoff berth with their victory over Minnesota.
Jankowski scored the sport’s first objective at 8:02 of the opening interval. With the Wild on an influence play, Tyson Barrie despatched a move from the correct circle to Jankowski within the slot, the place he beat Gustavsson for his team-leading third short-handed objective of the season.
Gaudreau drew the Wild even at 14:19 of the primary, however Sherwood scored two minutes later to place Nashville up once more.
Gaudreau’s second of the night time was the one objective of the center interval. It was his a hundredth profession NHL level as effectively.
Gaudreau didn’t return for the third interval. Following the sport Evason stated that sitting Gaudreau for the third was simply load administration and he was superb.
With the Wild finishing the common season Thursday, Gaudreau was the one participant who skated in all 82 common season video games. … Matt Boldy performed in Minnesota’s first 81 video games however didn’t gown Thursday.
In recent times, gamers making their NHL debuts are given the honour of taking a few solo laps previous to their teammates getting into the ice for the pregame warmup. With Minnesota’s Nick Swaney and Damien Giroux each making their debuts Thursday night time, the solo laps became twin laps after they stepped onto the Bridgestone Enviornment ice collectively.
Giroux picked up his first profession level with an help on Petan’s objective.
Predators: Host Colorado on Friday to conclude the season.
Wild: the primary spherical of the playoffs.
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