Flyers 3, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Philadelphia Flyers started a six-game, 6,801-mile road trip on Saturday night by winning hockey's callous lottery.

Vincent Lecavalier scored the shootout's only goal and goaltender Steve Mason rejected all three attempts by the Nashville Predators, giving Philadelphia a 3-2 win at sold-out Bridgestone Arena.

Mason (9-8-0), who had 34 saves, stopped Craig Smith, Matt Hendricks and Matt Cullen. It was the eighth win in 11 games for the Flyers (12-12-2).

Center Colin Wilson snapped a 1-1 tie at 5:05 of the third period with his fourth goal. Wilson beat Philadelphia right winger Jakub Voracek to a pass from left winger Gabriel Bourque and backhanded the puck between Mason's legs.

But the Flyers evened the score at 13:07 when center Sean Couturier netted his third goal off a nice setup by defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Right winger Steve Downie drew the second assist.

The Flyers, who entered with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games, grabbed a 1-0 advantage at 16:49 of the first period. Center Claude Giroux jumped on a giveaway by defenseman Mattias Ekholm and blasted a slap shot over goalie Marek Mazanec's left shoulder for his fourth goal of the season.

But the lead lasted just 60 seconds as center Mike Fisher wristed a shot from the left faceoff circle past Mason for his sixth goal. Right winger Patric Hornqvist, returning after missing three games with an upper-body injury, drew the assist.

Hornqvist kept generating opportunities, drawing two of Philadelphia's three minors in the second period. But Nashville (13-11-3) failed to cash in, generating just one shot on Mason during nearly six minutes of power play time.

After Couturier's equalizer, the Flyers went on the power play at 15:35 of the third period when Paul Gaustad was called for delay of game. However, Mazanec came up with a tough stop on a tip-in by left winger Scott Hartnell.

In overtime, Wilson beat Mason with a one-timer from 44 feet, only to have the puck clang off the right goal post. Mason then denied Wilson in the last minute on a breakaway.

Mazanec had 22 saves and has allowed two goals or less in eight straight games.

NOTES: Nashville D Shea Weber sat out his first game of the season after being hit in the face with an Edmonton shot in the second period of Thursday night's 3-0 loss. Predators D Kevin Klein also sat out because of a lower-body injury. ... Philadelphia RW Adam Hall has been impressive on faceoffs lately. Going into this game, Hall won 59-of-81 draws in the last 11 games, raising his rate to 61.1 percent (80-of-131) for the season. ... Nashville recalled D Joe Piskula from Milwaukee of the AHL because of its injuries on defense. Piskula dressed and was on the second pairing with Mattias Ekholm. ... This marked only the 17th meeting between the Flyers and Predators since Nashville joined the NHL before the 1998-99 season. By contrast, the teams have made 17 trades.