Predators’ Juuse Saros sets career record with 64 saves in win over Hurricanes

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NHL: JAN 05 Predators at Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes hit Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros with shots during a historic clip on Thursday, but it didn’t seem to matter. Saros recorded a Predators franchise record 64 saves in a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.

Saros stopped 64-of-67 shots and collected the third-most saves in NHL history, behind only Ron Tugnutt (70 saves against the Boston Bruins in 1991) and Mario Lessard (67 saves in the face of the Minnesota North Stars in 1981).

In the midst of Saros’ historic effort, the 67 shots were also a Hurricanes franchise record. It marked the third time this season that Saros recorded at least 40 saves. He has been successful in two of these three competitions.

“He made some big saves,” Predators head coach John Hynes said, according to the Associated Press. “He’s one of the stars of our team. He played like that.”

Raiders forward Mark Jankowski scored the game-winning goal at the 5:06 mark of the third period. Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm and Cody Glass also scored for Nashville while Colton Sissons scored an empty net goal in the final seconds.

Saros was consistently up for the challenge, despite the Hurricanes constantly putting pucks in the net. The Predators netminder made arguably his biggest save of the night in the final 2:30 when he denied Hurricanes player Andrei Svechnikov with a point-blank thumb save as the Hurricanes power play.

The Hurricanes had their franchise record 11-game winning streak snapped earlier this week when they fell to the New York Rangers. This marks the first time they have lost consecutive regulation games since November 6th and 9th.

Thursday’s win was the third win in four games for the Predators, who are currently in sixth place in the Central Division with a 17-14-6 record (40 points).

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