Fisher, Rinne lift Predators over Panthers 3-1

Mike Fisher scored early in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 39 saves in the Nashville Predators' 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

David Legwand and Andrei Kostitsyn also scored, and Kostitsyn added an assist as the Predators won for the fifth time in seven games.

Wojtek Wolski had the lone goal for the Panthers, who got 20 saves from Scott Clemmensen. Florida lost for the fifth time in six home games.

The Predators went ahead 2-0 28 seconds into the second on Fisher's goal. Martin Erat passed the puck from behind the net to Fisher below the left circle for a shot that beat Clemmensen on the far side.

The Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1 on Wolski's second-period goal. Marcel Goc passed the puck to Wolski who wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle past Rinne's glove side at 7:49.

Nashville restored its two-goal lead in the third when Legwand skated in on Clemmensen and backhanded a shot past him at 7:02.

The Predators had taken a 1-0 lead when Kostitsyn scored 11:35 into the game. Kostitsyn took control of the puck in the neutral zone, brought it to the right circle, and sent a wrist shot over Clemmensen's right shoulder.

It was the 100th NHL goal for Kostitsyn, who was acquired at this week's trade deadline. Paul Gaustad and Hal Gill, also new additions to the Predators, earned assists on the goal.

NOTES: This was the only meeting of the season between the teams. ... Nashville D Kevin Klein missed his third game because of an undisclosed upper body injury. ... Nashville D Ryan Ellis sat out with the flu. ... Florida RW Kris Versteeg, the team leader with 22 goals and 49 points, missed a third game because of an undisclosed lower body injury. ... Florida D Tyson Strachan was recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on Saturday.