Predators 3, Jets 1

Geoff Kirbyson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Two games in two nights, no problem.
The Nashville Predators followed up their 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Saturday evening with an opportunistic 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre Sunday night.
Despite having just seven shots in the second period, the Predators found the twine behind Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with three of them -- that's a shooting percentage of 43 percent -- and were never really threatened the rest of the way.
The Predators opened the scoring 20 seconds into the middle frame when left winger Eric Nystrom came down on his off wing to rip a shorthanded goal just 10 seconds after the Jets went on the power play.
They doubled the lead at 12:07 when right winger Patrick Hornqvist scored his third of the season after a botched Jets breakout.
And center Matt Cullen made it 3-0 at 14:57 of the period, just seconds after a cross-checking penalty to Zach Bogosian expired with a wrist shot that found the top of the net. The Jets broke Carter Hutton's shutout bid at 9:13 of the third period when Evander Kane jammed home his fifth of the season in a goalmouth scramble.
With the win, the Predators improve to 5-3-1, while the Jets fall to 4-5-0.
Hornqvist had a chance to make it 4-1 with a late-game breakaway but his shot hit the mesh above the glass.
A sure sign that the Predators took the often-deafening MTS Centre crowd of 15,003 out of the game? The biggest cheers of the night through two-and-a-half periods went to the winner of the Kiss Cam promotion, an interview with the Scotia skater and footage of Dancing Gabe Langlois -- an institution at Winnipeg sporting events for 25 years -- showing off his latest dance moves on the Jumbotron.
There was lots of action in the first period -- the Jets outshot the Predators 15-12 -- but no goals. Perhaps the closest chance belonged to the Predators' Cullen, who came out of the penalty box with a couple of minutes to go and promptly got a breakaway. He was stopped by Pavelec.
NOTES: The game was a homecoming for Predators C Colin Wilson, the son of former NHL player Carey Wilson, and grandson of the late Gerry Wilson, the man largely credited with recruiting Swedish forwards Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg -- two-thirds of the famed Hot Line with Bobby Hull -- as well as D Lars-Erik Sjoberg to the WHA Jets in 1974. Colin Wilson was born in New York when his dad played for the Rangers but was raised in Winnipeg. ... Jets D Adam Pardy played his first game of the season after being called up from AHL St. John's. He is filling in for rookie D Jacob Trouba, who is sporting a neck brace after falling awkwardly into the boards Friday. Trouba could be out for a month. ... Scratches for the Predators were C Mike Fisher and LW Rich Clune. ... In the press box for the Jets were C Jim Slater, D Mark Stuart and C Eric Tangradi.

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