Predators Hold Off Panthers For 4-3 win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the winner on a power play 5:13 into the third period to lift the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which has won three of four.
Jonathan Juberdeau, Marcel Goc, and Matt Gilroy scored for Florida. The Panthers have lost five of their last six.
With the game tied 2-2 after two periods, Smith and Hornqvist scored early in the third period for the Predators.
Florida goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped a shot by Gabriel Bourque, but Smith went to the net and was able to fight through traffic and poke the rebound in for his first goal of the season at 1:22.
Less than four minutes later, Hornqvist struck on the power play with a nice individual move from the right side.
Weber scored the game’s first goal at 9:23 of the opening period.
Fisher had the puck on the right side and slid a pass to Weber at the center of the blue line. The Nashville captain one-timed the puck by Markstrom for his first goal of the season.
Florida tied the game at 1 early in the second period when Huberdeau stickhandled through the Nashville defense before beating Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot.
The 2013 Calder Trophy winner has three goals in his last four games.
Fisher gave Nashville the lead again at 12:48 of the second, but former Predator Marcel Goc tied it less than a minute later, beating Rinne from the right side in close.
Fisher and Hornqvist are the only Predators with more than one goal on the season.
Gilroy drew the Panthers to within one at 11:37 of the third, but they could not forge their third tie of the game.
NOTES: After allowing the first goal in their first four games, Nashville has scored first in consecutive games. . Nashville C David Legwand played his 900th career NHL game, all with the Predators. .Florida C Nick Bjugstad appeared in his first game of the season since sustaining a concussion in early September. . Goc played 124 games for Nashville in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)