NSH Nashville Predators 6
Nashville Predators Predators Overall (23-17)
ATS (14-25)
O/U (18-20-1)
December 31 2018
- Sportsnet
WSH Washington Capitals 3
Washington Capitals Capitals Overall (24-14)
ATS (19-18)
O/U (19-16-2)
Final
Money Line Total: Puck Line ATS
123
Nashville Predators OFF OFF OFF
132
Washington Capitals OFF OFF OFF
210
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
NSH OFF OFF OFF
WSH OFF OFF OFF
Recap

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nashville Predators entered the final game of 2018 with their longest losing streak in more than five years.

The Predators broke the skid with a needed offensive outburst.

Nashville's 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday ended a six-game slide, the Predators' longest since April 4-19, 2013.

Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists, Viktor Arvidsson and Rocco Grimaldi each added a goal as Nashville scored five unanswered goals.

The loss broke Washington's four-game winning streak. They had won 16 of 19.

"We didn't really like 2018 that much," Johansen said. "Today we just wanted to focus on finishing on a good note, leaving it behind us and focus on 2019. That's what we're going to do."

Predators coach Peter Laviolette had seen his team start the season strongly until the recent skid, and he felt this offensive outburst would come.

"Coming from behind a couple of times, down by two goals, also a good thing," Laviolette said. "On the road, a good thing — certainly against a good team, lots of positives."

Laviolette, a veteran of 17 seasons as an NHL coach, was patient with his team.

"I always say that there's something that's going to go wrong through the course of the year," Laviolette said. "We lost the last (six) games. I wasn't disappointed with the way we played. I was just disappointed with the result."

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin has been stuck on 29 goals for the past six games, his longest streak without a goal since Nov. 10-20, 2017.

"It's the end of the year, you know?" Ovechkin said. "Tomorrow is going to be a new day, a new year and new hockey."

Johansen's seventh goal of the season beat Braden Holtby to tie the score at 3 as the Predators scored three goals in 4:33 to take a 4-3 lead.

Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots for the Predators.

Holtby stopped 28 shots.

Michal Kempny opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 4:33 of the first. The Capitals took a 2-0 lead four minutes later on Jakub Vruna's 12th goal, which was followed 23 seconds later by Grimaldi's second goal of the season, which cut the advantage to 3-1.

Washington took a 3-1 lead on Chandler Stephenson's fifth goal at 8:22 of the second period. Holtby started the rush with a long outlet pass to Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Predators got within 3-2 on Miikka Salomaki's third goal of the season midway through the second period. Nashville tied it at 3 on Johansen's goal.

Frederick Gaudreau's third goal of the season at 14:30 put the Predators ahead 4-3.

Ryan Ellis' fourth goal at 11:35 in the third gave Nashville a 5-3 lead and Arvidsson's ninth goal with two minutes remaining made it 6-3.

"It was a great win by our team, especially going down 3-1," Grimaldi said

"We could have hung our heads and thought, 'oh it's one of those games again. We just can't get out of the slump' but the boys stuck together. I think every line chipped in and we had a huge win against the Stanley Cup champs."

NOTES: Grimaldi and Salomaki hadn't scored since Nov. 1. ... Holtby received an assist on Stephenson's goal, his second of the season and the 10th of his nine-season career. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik returned after missing 26 games with right knee surgery. ... Washington sent D Tyler Lewington to Hershey (AHL) two days after he scored a goal, received an assist and got in a fight in his second NHL game. ... Nashville recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Milwaukee (AHL), but he was a healthy scratch.

UP NEXT

Predators: Host Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday

Capitals: Visit St. Louis Blues on Thursday

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Matchup
Predators Overall
W/L 23-17
ATS 14-25
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 2.6
Total 18-20-1
Predators Away
W/L 9-10
ATS 5-13
Goals For 3.1
Goals Against 3.1
Total 10-8
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
11:30 AM
at Capitals W 6-3
12-29
7:00 PM
Rangers L 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-27
7:00 PM
Stars L 2-0 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
12-22
12:00 PM
at Bruins L 5-2 L (1.5) O (5.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
at Flyers L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-18
7:30 PM
at Blackhawks L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-17
6:30 PM
at Senators L 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-15
7:00 PM
Devils W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
12-13
7:00 PM
Canucks W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (5.5)
12-11
7:00 PM
Senators W 3-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
Avg. Goals For 2.5
Avg. Goals Against 2.7
ATS 1-8
Over/Under 4-5
Capitals Overall
W/L 24-14
ATS 19-18
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.9
Total 19-16-2
Capitals Home
W/L 12-8
ATS 8-11
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.8
Total 9-8-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
11:30 AM
Predators L 6-3
12-29
6:00 PM
at Senators W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-27
6:00 PM
Hurricanes W 3-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-22
6:00 PM
at Senators W 4-0 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-21
6:00 PM
Sabres W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-19
7:00 PM
Penguins L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-15
6:00 PM
Sabres W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-14
6:30 PM
at Hurricanes W 6-5 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-11
6:30 PM
Red Wings W 6-2 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-8
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets W 4-0 W (1.5) U (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.6
Avg. Goals Against 2.2
ATS 4-5
Over/Under 3-6
Game Summary
1st Period
WSH 15:27 GOAL scored by Michal Kempny assisted by Nicklas BackstromNSH 0 WSH 1
WSH 14:25 Penalty to T.J. Oshie 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by P.K. Subban)
WSH 11:15 GOAL scored by Jakub Vrana assisted by John Carlson and Evgeny KuznetsovNSH 0 WSH 2
NSH 10:52 GOAL scored by Rocco Grimaldi assisted by Zac Rinaldo and Mattias EkholmNSH 1 WSH 2
2nd Period
WSH 11:38 GOAL scored by Chandler Stephenson assisted by Devante Smith-Pelly and Braden HoltbyNSH 1 WSH 3
NSH 10:03 GOAL scored by Miikka Salomaki assisted by Nick Bonino and Mattias EkholmNSH 2 WSH 3
NSH 8:01 GOAL scored by Ryan Johansen assisted by Roman JosiNSH 3 WSH 3
NSH 5:30 GOAL scored by Frederick Gaudreau assisted by Rocco Grimaldi and Craig SmithNSH 4 WSH 3
3rd Period
NSH 15:03 Penalty to Mattias Ekholm 2 minutes for Cross Checking (Drawn by T.J. Oshie)
NSH 9:25 GOAL scored by Ryan Ellis assisted by Ryan Johansen and Viktor ArvidssonNSH 5 WSH 3
WSH 3:31 Penalty to Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Nick Bonino)
WSH 3:31 Penalty to Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Ryan Hartman)
NSH 2:00 Power play - GOAL scored by Viktor Arvidsson assisted by Ryan Johansen and Kevin FialaNSH 6 WSH 3
Box Score
Predators
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Rocco Grimaldi (C) 112500:009:27
Calle Jarnkrok (C) 000310:0014:07
Miikka Salomaki (RW) 101120:0016:02
Austin Watson (LW) 000110:0015:38
Zac Rinaldo (C) 011000:006:24
Craig Smith (RW) 011220:0014:49
Nick Bonino (C) 011000:0018:27
Ryan Hartman (RW) 000400:0015:28
Ryan Johansen (C) 123300:0020:52
Kevin Fiala (LW) 011300:0013:42
Viktor Arvidsson (LW) 112300:0021:01
Frederick Gaudreau (C) 101210:0011:51

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Anthony Bitetto (D) 000020:0011:20
Ryan Ellis (D) 101130:0025:51
Roman Josi (D) 011410:0024:25
P.K. Subban (D) 000040:0021:48
Mattias Ekholm (D) 022122:0022:19
Dan Hamhuis (D) 000130:0014:29

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Juuse Saros (G) 0/00.000
Pekka Rinne (G) 22/253.880WIN
Capitals
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Travis Boyd (C) 000010:009:14
Chandler Stephenson (C) 101110:009:13
Devante Smith-Pelly (RW) 011100:008:58
Lars Eller (C) 000000:0015:23
Tom Wilson (RW) 000200:0015:53
Brett Connolly (RW) 000200:0013:27
Jakub Vrana (LW) 101400:0013:15
Nicklas Backstrom (C) 011300:0019:17
Alex Ovechkin (LW) 000402:0021:04
Andre Burakovsky (LW) 000200:0012:48
T.J. Oshie (RW) 000102:0020:07
Evgeny Kuznetsov (C) 011202:0019:21

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Michal Kempny (D) 101120:0020:47
Madison Bowey (D) 000210:0016:14
Dmitry Orlov (D) 000010:0021:04
Jonas Siegenthaler (D) 000010:0017:02
Brooks Orpik (D) 000020:0017:16
John Carlson (D) 011020:0024:06

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Pheonix Copley (G) 0/00.000
Braden Holtby (G) 28/346.824LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Scott Driscoll
Linesmen Tim Nowak
Referee Kyle Rehman
Referee Frederick L'Ecuyer