NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Nashville
(Thursday, February 8th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Toronto 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist to give the Nashville Predators a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Vernon Fiddler, David Legwand and JP Dumont each had a goal for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves in the win.
"We came out tonight wanting to make sure we stayed first in our division," said Sullivan.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Chad Kilger each had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who were riding a season-high five-game winning streak coming into the contest. Andrew Raycroft stopped 24-of-27 shots in the loss.
The Predators drew first blood in the game when Martin Erat picked off an errant pass and from the slot backhanded the puck to Legwand, who rifled a shot from inside the left circle to the right corner of the net with 5:07 left in the first.
Toronto evened the game just 31 seconds later when Ponikarovsky's 11-foot wrister from the left side beat Vokoun for his 15th goal of the campaign.
Nashville regained the lead 6:23 into the second period when Sullivan netted his 21st goal of the year, this one on the power play, to make it a 2-1 game.
Vokoun stopped all nine Toronto shots he faced in the middle stanza.
The Predators gave themselves some breathing room in the third period when, on the power play, Sullivan sent a pass from the left side of the net to the right side where Dumont one-timed it over the glove of Raycroft for a 3-1 lead with 9:51 to play.
The Leafs got back to within one when Vokoun chased a puck all the way to the left circle, but was beat to it by Boyd Devereaux, who centered the puck to Kilger for the easy tap into the net with 3:47 to play.
Nashville, though, sealed the victory with an empty-net goal by Fiddler in the final moments of the game.
Nashville hosts the Kings on Saturday...The Maple Leafs return home to face Pittsburgh on Saturday...Nashville went 2-for-11 on the power play while Toronto was held scoreless on its eight chances...Sullivan leads Nashville with 21 goals.
02/08 23:51:45 ET