NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Nashville
(Thursday, January 7th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Carolina 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Patric Hornqvist picked up two power-play goals and registered an assist, as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at Sommet Center.
J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan both had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have won four of their last five games. Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots in the win.
"The young guys are playing well. This is a part of the season where your depth is challenged," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said.
Rod Brind'Amour and Tom Kostopoulos lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have dropped five of seven. Cam Ward surrendered four goals on 34 shots to take the loss.
Brind'Amour scored on a rebound from in tight for a 1-0 Hurricanes lead less than three minutes after the game's opening faceoff.
Nashville drew even on a short-handed goal by Dumont with 6:15 to go in the first period. The Predators then seized the lead in late stages of the frame on a fortuitous bounce.
As Carolina forward Matt Cullen served a hooking infraction, Predators defenseman Shea Weber let go a shot from the point that sailed over the net and caromed off the glass to the low slot. Hornqvist was driving the crease and managed to whack the puck behind the surprised netminder with 23.4 seconds remaining.
The home team led 3-1 when Sullivan one-timed a Hornqvist feed with 1:10 left in the middle stanza. Hornqvist gave Nashville a three-goal advantage at 11:16 of the third period.
Kostopoulos pumped in a short-handed goal 47 seconds later, but Carolina couldn't get any closer.
Weber had two assists...The Hurricanes were without star center Eric Staal, who was granted a leave of absence from the club on Wednesday following the death of his sister-in-law...Carolina right winger Jerome Samson collected an assist in his NHL debut...Nashville improved to 6-2-1 against Eastern Conference opponents this season...Carolina returns home to welcome the Avalanche on Friday...The Predators conclude their four-game homestand Saturday against Anaheim.
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