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Forsberg Scores Twice in Preds Loss

Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Raleigh on Sunday.

Micheal Ferland and Teuvo Teravainen each had two assists, and Petr Mrazek made 20 saves for the Hurricanes (22-18-5), who are 7-1-0 in their past eight games.

Aho has five goals in his past two games.

Filip Forsberg had two goals and Roman Josi had two assists for the Predators (27-16-4), whose seven-game point streak (5-0-2) ended.

Aho made it 1-0 at 15:44 of the first period when he scored on a breakaway after Josi fell in the neutral zone.

Justin Faulk set up Saku Maenalanen in the slot for a top-shelf score with 1:45 remaining for a 2-0 lead.

Colton Sissons scored his 10th goal of the season at 2:48 of the second period to make it 2-1. He finished on a pass after Josi’s end-to-end rush.

Aho answered 20 seconds later on the power play after a no-look backhand pass from Ferland to make it 3-1 at 3:08. The goal was the 20th of the season for Aho.

Lucas Wallmark pushed the lead to 4-1 with a wrist shot over the blocker at 8:35, and Justin Williams scored on the power play to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games at 10:11.

Juuse Saros relieved Pekka Rinne, who finished with 15 saves, in the second period.

Nashville cut Carolina’s lead to 5-2 at 14:39 when Josi set up Forsberg alone at the right post for a shorthanded goal.

Forsberg scored on a rebound at the net at 13:33 of the third period to make it 5-3.

Aho made it 6-3 with a shorthanded empty-net goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report