HOW PREDS BEAT THE CAPS FOR THE 8TH STRAIGHT GAME!

By Val Shuster

Ryan Johansen tied it and Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal with 4:37 left in the third period as the Preds beat the Caps 5-4.

Nashville moved within four points of the final playoff position in the Western Conference and improved to 4-4 under new coach John Hynes, who replaced Peter Laviolette earlier this month.

Predators goalie Juuse Saros made 29 saves to make up for handing the puck to Alex Ovechkin for his 693rd goal and compensating for teammate Nick Bonino shooting the puck off him and into their own net.

Little-used defenseman Jarred Tinordi also scored his first NHL goal in his dad’s old home arena. Former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg had two assists to give him 15 points in 11 games against the team that drafted and traded him away.

Mikael Granlund and Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville.

The Capitals had their winning streak snapped at four despite Ovechkin’s 35th of the season and a two-goal game from Richard Panik, who was credited with one when Bonino shot the puck off Saros. Holtby allowed five goals on 24 shots and still has not won back-to-back starts since early December.

Ovechkin continued to climb the NHL’s career goals list after honoring Kobe Bryant by wearing a No. 24 jersey during pregame warmups. Ovechkin went back to his usual No. 8 — Bryant’s other number with the Los Angeles Lakers — and passed Steve Yzerman for sole possession of ninth place in league history.

The Predators have won eight in a row against the Capitals.

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