Filip Forsberg returns but Nashville Predators fall to Blues for third straight loss

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Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) reacts to scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
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Forward Filip Forsberg is back for the Nashville Predators.

And he was back to his old tricks Monday against the St. Louis Blues.

After missing the previous four game while on the COVID reserve list, Forsberg scored his team-leading 19th goal in what turned out to be a 5-3 loss in St. Louis.

Defensemen Mattias Ekholm (COVID reserve) and Dante Fabbro (week-to-week, upper-body) were out as the second- and third-place teams in the Central Division met.

Ryan Johansen's 11th goal of the season came courtesy of a Matt Duchene pass and put the visitors ahead 1-0 with 15:55 left in the first period.

Forsberg made it 2-0 with 4:10 left in the first, 19 seconds before the Blues' Ivan Barbashev cut that lead in half. Ryan O'Reilly tied it with a power-play goal with 2:13 left in the first.

Brayden Schenn's goal 59 seconds into the second gave the Blues their first lead. Barbashev's second goal of the game a little more than four minutes later doubled their lead.

Yakov Trenin pulled the Predators to within one with 8:27 left in the third. But Schenn's second goal of the game gave the Blues a two-goal lead with 2:35 remaining.

The Blues have 13 comeback victories, the most in the NHL.

The Predators, who began the day two points behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche and two ahead of the Blues, have lost three in a row.

The Predators failed to take advantage of a five-on-three midway through the first, after Roman Josi drew two penalties in 29 seconds, including a knee from Robert Bortuzzo, who sidelined Viktor Arvidsson in 2019 and was suspended for four games.

Josi's assist on Forsberg's goal tied him with David Legwand for most in franchise history (356).

The Predators are 24-13-3, while the Blues are 23-11-5

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Reach Paul Skrbina at pskrbina@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

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