SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and the Nashville Predators scored all their goals in the third period of a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi also found the net for the Predators, and Filip Forsberg had two assists. Juuse Saros made 27 saves as the Predators won their third straight game.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots.
Behind 1-0, the Predators scored two goals in a span of 2:15 in the third.
Josi tied the score when his shot from the left circle found the high corner of the net at 5:29.
Arvidsson put the Predators ahead 2-1 when he took a drop pass from Forsberg and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Luongo stick side at 7:44.
Fiala stretched the Predators’ lead to 3-1 when he swept in the puck from the left side with 5:50 left in the third.
Arvidsson added an empty-netter with 1:56 left. He leads the team with 21 goals.
Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead on a power-play goal with 4:45 left in the second. Huberdeau’s wrist shot from the left circle beat Saros, who was screened on the play by Aleksander Barkov.
Luongo took a puck to his mask on a shot by Forsberg midway through the second period. He was briefly stunned but stayed in the game. Forsberg came over and tapped Luongo on the backside with his stick to make sure he was OK.
NOTES: The Panthers acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann on Friday. The Panthers also receive the Penguins’ second- and fourth-round picks in the 2019 draft, along with a fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft previously acquired from the Minnesota Wild. … Panthers F Jamie McGinn has been loaned to AHL Springfield. … The Predators are 0 for 27 on the power play in their past eight games.
Predators: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Panthers: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
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