Nashville, Tenn. (NWN) — Roman Josie and Alexander Carrier helped the Nashville Predators beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Philippe Tomasino and Mikel Granlund also scored and Jus Saros made 23 saves for Nashville, the winner of two out of three.
“Our execution was strong, and that allowed us to get into the game and be able to attack,” said Nashville coach John Hines. “I thought some of the things we did in the offensive zone were far more purposeful than the other night. We were able to generate quality looks, quality zone time. He went for some structural things again. The friends were hard on the puck.”
Andreas Johnson and Tomas Tatar scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood scored 27 saves for New Jersey, losing two straight.
“It’s probably the worst game I’ve seen us play,” said New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff. “Competition battle not won early. Not engaged early. Second place easily in too many plays. We don’t beat anyone tonight. It’s just the truth.”
Saros was relatively untested in the first 40 minutes, separating two New Jersey shots in the first and seven in the second.
“We weren’t ready and we had to find a way,” said Devils captain Nico Hisier. “There’s no excuse. We just have to be ready. It all has to be done individually. Just no excuse. We’re not winning matches the way we played tonight.”
Josie scored the first goal of the game at 7:31 in the opening round. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Josie’s hard-angle wrist shot from the lower left circle was squeezed between Blackwood’s pads.
The Hunters were delighted with their effort on Friday, two days after falling 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights.
“Against Vegas, we gave them some goals, some bad turnovers, didn’t really get out of our zone, and I thought tonight was a lot better,” Josie said. “Especially in the first. You can see we had a lot of pressure, a lot of field time, a lot of shots.”
Tomasino made it 2-0 at 3:30 a.m.
From the left wall, Nick Cousins sent a centering pass to Tomasino in the slot, where he was able to get enough pucks to overtake Blackwood for his fourth goal of the season.
The Predators are 8-0-0 on the lead this season after two periods.
Grenlund extended Nashville’s lead in third place 3-0 at 6:45 after taking a pass from Matt Duchenne below New Jersey’s goal line.
Duchenne has 20 points in 20 career games against the Devils.
Johnson spoiled Saros’ shutout at 11:58 of the third session, scoring his seventh of the season.
Carrier scored a blank-net with 1:10 remaining, and that goal was immediately followed by the Tatars, who scored in the last minute.
The day after claiming an exemption from the Seattle Kraken, Nate Bastian returned to New Jersey’s lineup.
“I liked his play,” Ruff said. “That line gave us energy. They did the right thing. They were heavy on the puck. They went in first.”
The Devils selected Bastian, 41st overall in the 2016 draft, and he was picked up by Seattle in the expansion draft earlier this season. After playing 12 games with the Kraken, Bastian was placed on a waiver on Wednesday and claimed by New Jersey.
Josie played his 700th career NHL game, all with the Predators. Elected 38th overall in the 2008 draft, Josie won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defender in 2020. He has served as the captain of Nashville since the start of the 2017-18 season.
“Time flies by,” said Josie. “You clearly remember when you first came here 10 or 11 years ago. It’s 700 now. It’s great. To be able to play so many games, play so many games with the same team in Nashville I’m definitely grateful. It’s been an amazing ride. I’m definitely proud of it and I definitely don’t take it for granted.
He ranks fourth in Predators franchise history for the number of games played. Josie is only behind David Legwand (956), Shia Webber (763) and Martin Arat (723).
Josie also holds the record for the most points by a Swiss-born player in NHL history with 466.
what will happen next
Hunters travel to Colorado on Saturdays.
New Jersey returns home on Sunday to host the Flyers.
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