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.