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Smith's overtime tally leads Preds past Jets
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Smith scored with 17 seconds left in overtime, and the Nashville Predators continued their success against the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 win at Bridgestone Arena.
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien looked to start a rush from the Winnipeg zone late in the extra session, but the lost control of the puck. The Predators quickly capitalized on the turnover as David Legwand fed Smith for a one-timer from the left circle.
Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville, which has won five of its last seven games and improved to 8-1-2 in its last 11 games against the team formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Predators learned earlier Thursday that starting goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss about four weeks to have arthroscopic surgery on an infected left hip.
With one of the league's top netminders sidelined for the foreseeable future, Carter Hutton gets the opportunity to prove he is a capable NHL goalie. Hutton, making his third career start and second this season, registered 34 saves. The 27-year-old picked up his first NHL win Sunday at Winnipeg.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots for the Jets, who have dropped three in a row.
10/24 23:06:10 ET