NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Florida
(Monday, March 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Florida 2 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Francis Bouillon's goal one minute into overtime sent Nashville over Florida, 3-2.
Marcel Goc carried the puck down the right wing, then dished behind him into the circle for Bouillon, who lofted a rising wrister into the net to end the contest.
"I had an opportunity to create some offense," Bouillon said. "I saw Goc with the puck, he gave me a great pass and I took a good shot."
David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Predators, who rallied from a late one-goal deficit and won their fourth in six.
Dan Ellis made 27 stops for Nashville, which opened up a three-point lead (94-91) over idle sixth-place Detroit in the Western Conference playoff race.
Keith Ballard and Stephen Weiss tallied for the Panthers, who have lost three in a row. Scott Clemmensen stopped 22 shots in defeat.
"There's a reason they are where they're at, because they find ways to win like they did tonight," Clemmensen said of Nashville.
Florida took the lead early in the third period on a pair of goals 2:41 apart as Ballard tipped in a slick feed from Weiss at 3:12, then Weiss deflected a shot from Jason Garrison at 5:53.
Hornqvist tied the score with 3:07 left in regulation on a relatively easy shot that Clemmensen fumbled into the net.
Following a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Legwand gave the Preds a 1-0 lead at 2:41 of the second period.
Nashville has won three of the last four meetings over Florida since October, 2007...Hornqvist hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his brief career...It was the Predators' first win in south Florida since a 3-2 overtime win on December 23, 2002.
03/30 01:40:37 ET