Published November 20, 2014
David Booth broke a tie with 4:12 left and the Florida Panthers held on to beat Nashville 3-2 on Thursday night, snapping the Predators' winning streak at six games.
Rostislav Olesz had a goal and an assist for Florida, which has won two in a row following a three-game losing streak. Radek Dvorak also scored and Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves.
David Legwand had a goal and an assist for Nashville, and Colin Wilson also scored. Pekka Rinne, who came into the game second in the NHL in goals-against average and third in save percentage, stopped 31 shots for Nashville. The Predators had allowed only seven goals during their winning streak.
Booth beat Rinne with a wrist shot low to the glove side after taking a drop pass from Olesz. It was his third goal in the last four games.
Legwand broke a 1-1 tie at 10:02 of the third when he scored for the third consecutive game. He beat Clemmensen with a wrist shot to the stick side from the wing.
Olesz tied it at 13:34 with his first goal since Oct. 16. Olesz scored off a rebound with a couple of Nashville defenders surrounding Rinne in the crease.
Dvorak opened the scoring at 3:22 of the first period off a 2-on-1 break. He one-timed Marty Reasoner's pass after Cory Stillman began the play by stealing the puck just outside the Nashville blue line. It was Dvorak's first goal in seven games since coming back after missing nine games because of a shoulder injury.
Wilson tied it at 10:50 of the first when he one-timed a pass from behind the net from Legwand. Clemmensen stopped Legwand's wrist shot, but couldn't freeze the puck as it rested near him and Legwand knocked it loose and carried it behind the net.
NOTES: Nashville lost in regulation against a Southeast Division for the first time in seven games (4-1-2). ... Nashville D Shea Weber assisted on Legwand's goal to extend his career-high points streak to seven games. ... Florida F Chris Higgins missed his third consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. ... This was the first time in six games the Florida allowed fewer than three goals.