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Erat scores 2 to lead Predators past Devils 3-1

Martin Erat scored a pair of power-play goals and the Nashville Predators won their fifth straight, 3-1 over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Steve Sullivan added a goal as Nashville matched a club record by earning a point in 10 straight games (8-0-2).

Goalie Anders Lindback has been a key to the recent success, improving to 6-0-1 since taking over when Pekka Rinne went down with a knee injury.

Lindback lost his bid for a third shutout in four games when Devils rookie Mattias Tedenby connected on the power play at 7:06 of the third period.

New Jersey failed to build on Wednesday's 3-0 win over Phoenix that ended a five-game losing streak and failed to generate a sustained attack against Lindback and the Predators.

Sullivan got the only goal of the opening period with 16.3 seconds remaining. Weber picked off a clearing attempt at the right point and wristed a shot on net that appeared to hit Sullivan in front before trickling past Martin Brodeur.

There few chances for either team in the first as the Predators outshot the Devils 5-4. Alexander Sulzer had Nashville's other quality chance of the period, a hard shot with six minutes left that knocked Brodeur to the ice.

The Devils' best shot was one that didn't count statistically when Rod Pelley hit the post behind Lindback with two minutes remaining.

Erat put Nashville up 2-0 at 4:56 of the second. Ryan Suter, manning the left point, fed the puck to a wide-open Erat in the right circle and he ripped a high shot past Brodeur.

Nashville continued to play outstanding defense, holding New Jersey to only 5 shots in the period.

Once again, the Devils' most promising chance hit the post. This time, Ilya Kovalchuk found metal after wheeling in the Predators zone.

Erat padded the Nashville lead at 4:55 of the third. The only suspense left at that point was Lindback's shutout bid.

Notes: LW Brian Rolston played a second straight game for the Devils since being placed on waivers on Tuesday. ... Nashville RW Patric Hornqvist missed a second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... It marked the fourth time Nashville accumulated points in 10 straight games. They most recently went on a 7-0-3 run from Feb. 19 to March 10, 2007.