Saros helps Predators beat Kraken 2-1 in shootout
March 23, 2023 at 9:10 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Matt Duchene and Philip Tomasino scored in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Thursday night.
Kiefer Sherwood scored for Nashville in regulation, and Juuse Saros made 27 saves in regulation and overtime. Saros also denied both Kraken attempts in the shootout.
“You need good goaltending to win,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “You look at any team that’s in the playoffs, their goaltending is .920 or better. It’s one of the most important positions in the game. When you have solid goaltending, it gives you a chance every night.”
Nashville earned its second straight since a three-game slide. It hosts Seattle again on Saturday.
“You get into a rhythm and you get a good feel for it,” said Duchene, who has scored five goals in seven shootout attempts this season.
Daniel Sprong scored for Seattle, and Joey Daccord made 23 stops in regulation and overtime.
“It came down to the shootout,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the extra point, but we’ve got to turn the page quickly and look at a couple of areas to be a little bit better in and pretty much expect a very similar game on Saturday afternoon.”
The Kraken had won six straight road games. They have gone to overtime in four of the last six games overall.
Seattle (39-24-8) holds the top spot in the wild-card standings in the Western Conference. Nashville (36-26-8) is trying to track down Winnipeg for the second spot.
Sprong put Nashville in front 2:28 into the first period. Driving down the right side, Sprong dropped below the goal line and banked the puck into the net off of Saros’ right skate.
It was Sprong’s 18th goal of the season. He has three points in his last two games.
Sherwood responded with his fourth goal 14:01 into the second.
Daccord stopped Tyson Barrie’s shot from the right side, but Sherwood snapped the rebound home.
During a media timeout in the first period, the Predators played a tribute video for Seattle forward Eeli Tolvanen. Tolvanen, a first-round draft pick of the Predators in 2017, was picked up off waivers by Seattle in December.
Tolvanen has found success with the Kraken, scoring 13 goals and adding 10 assists in 37 games since the move.