Predators 3, Hurricanes 2
Jack Hillen and Chris Mueller scored in the third period to
rally the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 preseason victory over the
Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Hillen and Mueller scored 1:37 apart against Carolina backup
goalkeeper Justin Peters, who entered the game at the start of the
Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals for Carolina. The free-agent
pickup scored on a wraparound 31 seconds into the first period and
on a rebound of Eric Staal’s shot 17 seconds into the third
Carolina goalkeeper Cam Ward saw his first action of the
preseason after being slowed by upper body stiffness since the
opening of training camp a week ago. Ward started and played 40
minutes. He gave up a goal to Nashville’s David Legwand at 17:58 of
the second period.
Anders Lindback came off the bench in goal for the Predators and
played the final two periods. He stopped 20 of 21 shots to get the
Nashville won for the third time in four preseason games, while
Carolina dropped its second straight decision.