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Predators’ balanced attack buries Canadiens

Jan 3, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators center Mark Jankowski (17) shoots the puck during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Six different players scored and the Nashville Predators smashed the visiting Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Tuesday.

The Canadiens have now lost six straight and allowed six goals or more in three straight losses.

Nino Niedereiter had a trio of assists for the Predators, who now have points in six of their last seven games.

Nashville jumped out to a big first-period lead before Montreal momentarily made it close.

Cody Glass opened the scoring at 4:10 of the first period, tipping a power play shot by Mattias Ekholm. Colton Sissons made it 2-0 at 5:49 when he finished an odd-man break with Filip Forsberg.

Ekholm then pushed the Predators advantage to 3-0 at 10:42 on a slap shot right as a Nashville power play expired.

Cole Caufield ended Nashville’s onslaught with a goal 50 seconds remaining in the first period, making it 3-1. Caufield’s goal was one of the highlights of a game, a breakaway with a slick backhand for his 22nd goal of the season.

Josh Anderson pulled the Canadiens within a goal, 3-2, at 6:40 of the second period.

Nashville then went on a three goal run to turn it back into a blowout.

Thomas Novak made it 4-2 at 8:18 of the second period on a pass from Yakov Trenin. Roman Josi pushed the advantage to 5-2 at 17:48 of the period on an assist from Novak.

Matt Duchene added a power play goal at 4:43 of the third period to give Nashville a 6-2 lead, this time assisted by Josi.

Brendan Gallagher scored for Montreal with 3:01 remaining to cut the final deficit to 6-3.

Juuse Saros made 24 saves for Nashville in the victory. Sam Montembault was left in for all six goals and faced 34 shots.

Nashville went 2-for-4 on the power play and was perfect on four penalty kills.

–Field Level Media