Gaborik spoils Forsberg debut with two points in Predators 4-1 win over Wild

Marian Gaborik broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 11:59 of the third period as the Minnesota Wild ruined Forsberg’s Nashville debut with a 4-1 victory over the Predators on Saturday night.

Gaborik also had an assist, Pavol Demitra added a power-play goal and an assist and Branko Radivojevic had a late goal as Minnesota won the season series 3-1. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on a penalty shot with 4:48 left.

Nashville came in with 81 points and atop the Western Conference, but only a point ahead of Detroit in the Central Division. The Predators also trailed Buffalo by a point for the overall NHL lead.

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However, they lost their second straight and sixth in 11 games since the all-star break.

The Predators put Forsberg into the starting lineup to help introduce him so Nashville could welcome the former MVP properly since he helped sell out this game in the past 48 hours. They responded with a roaring ovation before the faceoff, and started chanting “Welcome Forsberg” in the opening minutes.

Forsberg, who has scored 23 points in 14 career games against Minnesota, couldn’t help.

The Predators’ lone goal came from J.P. Dumont in the first period even though they outshot Minnesota 26-22.