Saros, Predators hold off Coyotes for fourth win in row


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Juuse Saros made 37 saves for the Nashville Predators who defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 at Gila River Arena on Saturday for their fourth win in a row.

Roman Josi had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Johansen had two assists for Nashville (23-11-2), which was playing without Filip Forsberg after the forward was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol prior to the game. 

Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse each scored in the third period, and Karel Vejmelka made 25 saves for Arizona (7-23-3), which lost for the ninth time in its past 11 games (2-8-1).

Saros stopped breakaways by Nick Schmaltz in the first period and Travis Boyd in the third to win his fourth straight start and ninth in his past 10 games.

Ekholm scored 56 seconds into the game off a rebound of Luke Kunin‘s shot on an odd-man rush for a 1-0 lead. 

Yakov Trenin made it 2-0 at 17:20 during a 4-on-4, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games.

Tanner Jeannot drove to the net and scored on Matt Duchene‘s pass to the left post for a 3-0 lead at 18:56.

Keller scored to make it 3-1 at 2:19 of the third period by pushing the puck forward on an offensive zone face-off and scoring over the shoulder of Saros from the goal line.

Josi scored on the power play at 7:25 to make it 4-1 before Crouse scored at 10:48 to make it 4-2.

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