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Nashville, TN - The Nashville Predators held on to defeat the Florida Panthers Tuesday night 4-3, at Bridgestone Arena, as neither team would give any ground.
Shea Weber got the scoring started at 9:23 of the first period, as he fired a bullet past Jacob Markstrom from the blueline on an assist from Mike Fisher.Florida would tie it, scoring first in the second period, when a turnover by Nashville wound up with Florida’s Scott Gomez on the right wing. Gomez passed to a trailing Jonathan Huberdeau who was entering the offensive zone. Gomez slid around Kevin Klein and slid the shot under Predators goalie Pekka Rinne at 1:16.
Score was tied at 1-1.
Mike Fisher then gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 12:48 of the second period, as he converted off a Florida turnover while racing off the bench. Fisher became the first Nashville Predator to reach two goals for this season with that score.
Marcel Goc tied it up again for Florida at 13:30 of the second after Predator Victor Bartley misplayed the puck. Score tied at 2 apiece.
The Predators came out storming to start the third period, and it was evident they meant business from the opening face-off. Craig Smith broke the 2-2 tie at 1:22 of the third, as Florida was in the middle of a line change. Smith took a loose puck off a passing play from Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque that ended up in front of the Panther goalie, Markstrom, and converted easily.
Nashville then took a two goal lead for the first time of the game, when Patric Hornqvist took a sharp angle shot past Markstrom at 5;13, and the Predators led 4-2.
Florida’s Matt Gilroy would keep it close for the Panthers with 8:27 remaining in the contest, when his centering pass was inadvertently tipped into the net by Nashville’s David Legwand, who was back-checking on the play.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had another outstanding night, blocking 22 of 25 shots by the Panthers.
The Predators wrap up their five game homestand Thurday night at Bridgestone Arena when the LA Kings come to Smashville.
Puck drops at 7:00pm.
Florida Panthers 3 – 4 Nashville Predators
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