Panthers sweep Predators in preseason doubleheader

The Associated Press
Panthers sweep Predators in preseason doubleheader
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Florida Panthers' Erik Gudbranson (44), who scored two goals, celebrates with his teammates Vincent Trocheck (67), Mike Caruso (62), Quinton Howden (42), and Rob Madore (33) after the Panthers defeated the Nashville Predators 6-3 during an NHL preseason hockey game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Tomas Fleischmann scored at 4:13 of overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory and a split-squad preseason doubleheader sweep of the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers scored three goals in the third period to beat the Predators 6-3 in the opener.

Craig Smith put the Predators up 1-0 at 12:57 in the first period of the nightcap, but the Panthers tied it 13 seconds later on Jared Gomes' goal. Gabriel Bourque put Nashville back in front 2-1 at 11:30 of the second period.

The Panthers got even again when Tomas Kopecky scored with 9:49 remaining in regulation.

In the first game, Brad Boyes put the Panthers ahead 4-3 with 7:16 remaining. Scottie Upshall had his second goal of the game with 6:37 left, and Quinton Howden scored at 15:37 to cap the third-period outburst.

Nashville led 3-1 after the opening period on goals by Kevin Henderson at :44, Filip Forsberg at 7:39, and Shea Weber at 19:27.

Upshall scored his first goal on a power play at 6:01 in the first.

Florida's Erik Gudbranson scored at 14:14 and 18:13 of the second.