© Reuters. NHL: Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals
Frederick Gaudreau scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period as the visiting Nashville Predators posted the game's final five goals and defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3 in a Monday matinee.
Nashville halted a six-game losing streak. Washington saw a four-game winning streak end while losing for just the second time in last 11 contests.
The Capitals jumped out to a pair of two-goal leads in this game — 2-0 and 3-1 — but the Predators rallied and scored a fifth consecutive victory over Washington.
Ryan Johansen finished with a goal and two assists for Nashville. Goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 22 saves and improved to 5-1-0 in his career versus the Capitals.
The Predators turned things around during the second period with a three-goal burst in less than five minutes.
Washington took a 2-0 lead in the first period when Tom Wilson and Jakub Vrana scored. Rocco Grimaldi cut the lead in half later in the period.
Chandler Stephenson gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead thanks to some help from goalie Braden Holtby. He began the play with a long outlet pass to Devante Smith-Pelly up the right wing, and that gave Washington a two-on-none breakaway.
Smith-Pelly waited and passed the puck to Stephenson on his left, and he easily slid the puck into the net at 8:22 of the second period.
Everything began to change right after that when Miikka Salomaki scored at 9:57. He made a quick pass to Nick Bonino by the right post and scored when his teammate crossed it right back.
Then, Johansen tied it just 2:02 later before Gaudreau's goal put the Predators in front with 5:30 left in the second period. Grimaldi sent a shot on goal that bounced away from Holtby and back into the high slot, and Gaudreau fired it past the goalie for a 4-3 lead.
Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson added insurance goals in the third period.
Washington veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik returned after missing 27 games with a knee injury. He last played on Oct. 27.
–Field Level Media
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