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- Penguins' Evgeni Malkin out 1-2 weeks with lower-body injury
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Predators top Capitals, clinch first playoff berth since 2011-2012 season
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:30:41 +0000
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - The Nashville Predators resisted a comeback from the Washington Capitals, winning 4-3 Saturday to book their first ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2011-2012 season.
Nashville scored three goals in the first period to put Washington in a hole.
Defenseman Mattias Ekholm off an assist by left wing Gabriel Bourque and fellow defenseman Anton Volchenkov scored the first goal for the Predators.
Borque picked up another assist along with center Filip Forsberg on their second tally, this one from center Mike Fisher.
Forsberg scored his own goal after an assist from center Mike Ribeiro for Nashville's third in the first period.
Right wing Troy Brouwer scored back-to-back goals in the second period to lift he Capitals within one, 3-2.
But Forsberg returned the favor to Ribeiro who scored the Predators' fourth goal which iced the game.
Washington defenseman Mike Green scored early in the third period but it was not enough.
The Predators won four straight improving to 47-21-8 and will host the Calgary Flames (40-28-7) Sunday.
Meanwhile the Capitals fell to 40-25-10 and will visit the New York Rangers (47-20-7) Sunday.