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Predators finally find enough offense, beat Wild
In each of the Predators’ past two games, they scored an early first goal but were unable to find another, letting their opponents hang around long enough to win.

On Saturday against Minnesota, the Predators found that all-important next goal and more in a 3-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena.

“It changes the game,” Predators center Mike Ribeiro said. “They have to start changing a bit what they’re doing. It’s just easier to play the game when you’re two up, you know? … It’s just a different game when you can extend your lead after you score the first goal. That’s a perfect example today that once you score one, you score two, and that changes the outcome of the game.”

With the worst record in the Central Division over their past 10 games and losers of 11 of 15 entering the game, the Predators needed to rediscover their missing offense, which had been held to two or fewer goals 10 times in those 15 games.

Nashville notched the game’s first goal in 46 seconds — their fastest to open a game this season — on a Filip Forsberg deflection and added to it during its second two-man advantage of the period on a redirect by Ribeiro. By taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, the Predators matched their goal total from their previous two games — losses to the Flames and Blues — combined.

The Predators eventually took a 3-0 lead, which gave them just enough of a buffer as the Wild, who had earned points in nine consecutive games, clawed within one goal. A timely penalty kill in the third period and 20 saves from goaltender Pekka Rinne, the first of which came on a first-period penalty shot, kept the Predators in front.
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