NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In their previous five games, the
Nashville Predators were shut out on the power play. They didn't
have much trouble scoring with the man advantage on Saturday night.
"I think we got away from our work ethic and execution -- all of
the little details that you need and then you also need a little
bit of puck luck," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a
little bit of all three tonight.
"The power play made a big statement coming back after a little
bit of a dry spell. That's just what happens in the season
The Predators finished 4 for 5 on the power play after going 0
for 16 in their last five games.
Hornqvist missed a hat trick when his goal at 11:03 of the third
period was disallowed after a video review.
"They have the best cameras in the league," Hornqvist said.
"I'm pretty sure it was the right call. Of course, a hat trick is
a big thing. Hopefully, it will come sooner or later."
Hornqvist scores most of his goals while battling in front of
the net. In typical fashion both of his goals were ugly ones in
terms of execution.
Hornqvist, stationed in front of the net, tipped in a shot by
Mike Fisher with 2:56 left in the second period to give the
Predators a 3-0 lead.
At the 6:56 mark of the third period Hornqvist scored his second
power-play goal of the game as he tapped the puck in even though he
was flat on the ice in front of the net.
"If you keep going in front of the net sometimes good things
happen," Hornqvist said. "The puck bounced my way. I got the
scoring chances. ... We did a great job of taking the puck to the
net. I like to be in front of the net. I'm not a skilled guy. It's
my job to be in front of the net."
Shea Weber opened the scoring at 9:14 of the first period after
taking a pass from Martin Erat as he crossed the blue line and
converting a slap shot from the point past Carolina goaltender
Justin Peters to his glove side.
Smith made it 2-0 with 6:44 to go in the first on a one-time on
the power play.
Jay Harrison, who scored twice, got the Hurricanes on the board
with his fourth of the season at 8:35 of the third.
Ryan Ellis extended the margin back to four with his first NHL
goal, on the power play with 5:32 remaining.
"It was good puck movement," Ellis said. "I think our power
play seemed to be doing pretty well. We were moving the puck well.
Roman Josi had a fake shot and kind of sucked in a couple of their
guys and it opened me up. I just tried to get it to the net."
Ellis, playing in his fifth NHL game, admitted it was good to
get his first goal.
"I wasn't throwing anything at the net the first few games,"
Ellis said. "You get frustrated when you are trying and nothing is
really working. It was a nice feeling to get a goal."
Harrison closed the scoring with 2:04 left, this time on the
Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne won his 20th game of the
season, stopping 27 shots.
Peters, making only his second appearance of the season, turned
back 31 attempts.
"We know you can't walk in here and give up four bad penalties
in the offensive zone," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Their
power play has some skill that can hurt you again and again. They
capitalized on it."
Fisher assisted on three goals, a season high which also
tied his career high for assists in a game. ... Weber has 22 points
(eight goals, 14 assists) in his last 22 games, and seven points in
his last seven games against Carolina. ... The Predators are 6-1-1
when Weber scores. ... The last time Carolina won at Nashville was
Dec. 3, 2002. ... This was the eighth of 16 back-to-back games for
Carolina. ... The Predators are 17-2-2 when scoring more than two
goals. ... Peters was making only his second appearance of the
season. ...Erat was credited with two assists giving him eight
points (three goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.