Erat scores lone goal of shootout in Preds’ win

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Martin Erat scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Erat, shooting second for the Predators, beat Craig Anderson inside the left post for the winner. Erat also scored during regulation, and Shea Weber added a goal for Nashville.

Rostislav Olesz and Karlis Skrastins scored for Florida.

Weber gave the Predators a brief 1-0 lead when he skated in from the left point and beat Florida goaltender Craig Anderson to his stick side at 16:29 on the power play.

Florida tied it at 17:32 when Olesz skated in on a short breakaway beating goalie Pekka Rinne low to the stick side.

Skrastins gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 11:15 of the second period when his one-timer from the middle of the slot went over Rinne’s left shoulder.

The Predators were held scoreless in the second period on nine shots.

At 9:51 of the third period Anderson blocked a shot by David Legwand. Erat skated in and put in the rebound to tie it 2-2.

Rinne turned back all 10 shots in the third period.

The Predators spent two minutes on the power play in overtime, but were not able to beat Anderson. The Predators outshot Florida 3-2 in overtime.

Notes

Ryan Suter has assists in four straight games for the Predators. … Florida’s Nathan Horton played in his 300th career NHL game, and Olesz played in his 200th. … Florida began a five-game road trip. … The Predators will play their next six on the road. … It was the first shootout of the season for the Panthers and the third for the Predators, who are 2-1.

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Three Stars

  Three Stars
M. Erat
Martin Erat
Predators - RW
Goals: 1
Assists: 0
P. Rinne
Pekka Rinne
Predators - G
Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .923
S. Weber
Shea Weber
Predators - D
Goals: 1
Assists: 0

Goaltending

Goalie Team Shot Save
Pekka Rinne Nsh 26 24

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