Predators defeat Golden Knights, spoil Thompsons first NHL start

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LAS VEGAS — Filip Forsberg scored twice, and the Nashville Predators held on to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Forsberg recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season and second in the past six games, and Yakov Trenin scored for Nashville (21-11-2), who is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. Juuse Saros made 41 saves for his seventh win in his past eight starts.

Logan Thompson made 23 saves in his first NHL start for the Golden Knights (22-13-1). Thompson, last season’s Aledge “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award winner given to the American Hockey League’s outstanding goaltender, started with Robin Lehner (lower-body) and Laurent Brossoit (upper body) out with injuries.

William Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and Shea Theodore scored for Vegas, who is 2-2-1 in its past five after winning its previous five.

Forsberg gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 2:41 of the second period when he received a pass from Mikael Granlund, skated to the top of the left circle and hit the top right corner of the net.

Trenin made it 2-0 at 7:01 when he deflected a point shot from Philippe Myers. The assist was Myers’ first point with Nashville since being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 17, 2021.

Forsberg scored his second goal at 6:08 of the third period to make it 3-0. He powered past Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo after forcing a turnover, flipped the puck to himself and finished with the backhand.

Karlsson cut it to 3-1 at 12:01, his first goal in eight games and 100th with the Golden Knights.

Theodore made it 3-2 at 18:14 with a 6-on-5 goal on a shot from the point.

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