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AP photo by Mark Humphrey / Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) is congratulated after scoring against the Dallas Stars in the first period Thursday night in Nashville.

Updated with more information at 12:15 a.m. on March 6, 2020.

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators just missed the tornado that ripped through Music City not far from their arena earlier this week, flying out of town for a game before the storm arrived.

They offered Nashville a bit of hockey relief Thursday night.

Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg each ended a long scoring drought with a power-play goal apiece to help Nashville beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 and snap a three-game losing streak.

"It was crazy what happened," Forsberg said of the storms that killed at least 24 across Tennessee and left a swath of destruction in Nashville. "We obviously just got out of here before it hit. And yeah, it makes hockey obviously feel very small in the big picture when you look at it. And it's awesome to see how much the city has embraced it (relief efforts), and we're definitely a big part of doing that as well."

The Predators opened with a moment of silence before the national anthem for the storm victims. Coach John Hynes and his assistants also wore "Nashville Strong" T-shirts instead of shirts and ties under their blazers, and the Predators sold the T-shirt and other items to make money for relief efforts.

"Hopefully this was something that could take people away for a couple hours and give the city something to be proud of," Hynes said.

Forsberg ended a 16-game skid with his first goal since Jan. 30, and Duchene scored his first goal since Feb. 15 to move the Predators back to the Western Conference's second wild-card spot — at least for the moment. The poise and puck movement Nashville showed bouncing back from a 2-1 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday night might provide the boost the Predators have been looking for all season.

"We looked dangerous tonight, and we haven't looked that very much this season," Duchene said. "We've just got to keep doing those things. Our PK (penalty kill) was great, and our power play got the job done tonight."

Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros made 32 saves for his third shutout this season and the 10th of his NHL career.

Dallas, which beat Nashville in six games in the first round of the playoffs last year, currently is third in the Central Division. The Stars have lost four straight, though they got a point out of the previous two.

"Disappointing, for sure," Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. "They played like a very desperate hockey club, which they are to make the playoffs. Give them full marks, because they came at us hard. Just disappointed that we didn't respond better."

This was the first game in the NHL this season with both starting goaltenders shorter than 6 feet with Saros in net for Nashville and Anton Khudobin in for Dallas. Both are listed at 5-11.

The Stars started forward Corey Perry, whose hit to the head of Ryan Ellis in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day in Dallas put the Predators defenseman out for 20 games.

Dallas took six of the first seven shots, but the difference was Forsberg and Duchene helping Nashville go 2-of-4 with the man advantage while killing all four penalties.

Nashville led 1-0 after Forsberg, who shot wide off a cross-ice pass from captain Roman Josi with about two minutes left in the first period, scored from the right circle with 53 seconds left off another pass from Josi.

Dallas defenseman John Klingberg, who came in with eight penalties all season, had two in the first. He was in the box for holding Forsberg, setting up the man advantage the Predators forward scored on.

Duchene drew a penalty when tripped by Stephen Johns, then he converted by tipping Calle Jarnkrok's shot from the left circle past Khudobin at 13:44 of the second period.

Saros, who made a big stop on Jamie Benn in the first period, made a flurry of saves late in the second. First he stopped a backhander from Alexander Radulov and then Mattias Janmark's wrister before Joe Pavelski's wraparound try to preserve the lead. He made nine saves in the third to seal the shutout and improve to 9-4-0 in his past 13 starts.

Forsberg now has 164 goals in his NHL career, all with Nashville. That put him third on the franchise's all-time list, passing Martin Erat (163 goals), the player Nashville traded to Washington for Forsberg.

Defenseman Korbinian Holzer made his Nashville debut after being acquired in a deadline trade.

 

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