Ingram, Predators deal Wild first loss

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Connor Ingram made 33 saves in his NHL debut, and the Nashville Predators handed the Minnesota Wild their first loss of the season with a 5-2 win at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. 

Ingram, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round (No. 88) of the 2016 NHL Draft, is the second goalie in Nashville’s history to win his NHL debut (Pekka Rinne).

Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, Ryan Johansen scored twice, Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Matt Duchene had three assists for the Predators (2-4-0).

Nick Bjugstad and Nico Sturm scored, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 24 saves in his season debut for the Wild (4-1-0). 

Josi gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period with a power-play goal, scoring on a rebound in the slot after his initial deflection was blocked.

Minnesota has allowed the first goal in each of its five games this season.

Johansen scored a power-play goal on his own rebound in front to make it 2-0 at 5:54. He then pushed the lead to 3-0 at 12:25 after receiving a spinning pass from Josi. 

Bjugstad cut it to 3-1 at 11:30 of the second when he took a stretch pass from Jon Merrill off the boards and beat Ingram blocker side from the right circle.

Forsberg deflected Josi’s one-timer from the point to make it 4-1 at 13:15, and Tanner Jeannot batted the puck out of the air to extend the lead to 5-1 at 18:35. 

Sturm scored with 2.1 seconds left in the second to make it 5-2. 

Nashville forward Eeli Tolvanen left the game at 5:13 of the first period following a hit by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who was assessed a boarding penalty on the play.

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