Nashville at Florida

Predators score late in regulation, overtime to thwart Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Francis Bouillon and the Nashville Predators showed why they are in the playoff race Monday night.

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SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1p-Chicago487730
2y-Anaheim486624
3y-Vancouver485921
4x-St. Louis486024
5x-Los Angeles485925
6x-San Jose485717
7x-Detroit485622
8x-Minnesota485522
Eliminated
9o-Columbus485519
10o-Phoenix485117
11o-Dallas484820
12o-Edmonton484517
13o-Calgary484219
14o-Nashville484114
15o-Colorado483914
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Bouillon scored a minute into overtime to lift the Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Panthers.

David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville. Keith Ballard and Stephen Weiss had third-period goals for Florida, which lost its third straight.

"We didn't play a great game, that's for sure," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We didn't have a lot of energy and a lot of juice. We had to get that out. The positive thing is, when we didn't have much going on today, we found a way to get it tied up and we found a way to win it."

Scott Clemmensen stopped 22 shots for the Panthers and Dan Ellis made 27 saves for the Predators.

Clemmensen got the start in favor of Tomas Vokoun, Nashville's former goalie, who has won only one of his past seven games. Both Ellis and Clemmensen appeared in the only other meeting between the Panthers and Predators this season, a 4-1 Nashville victory on Nov. 28, 2009.

Bouillon scored on a shot from the right circle a minute into overtime to give Nashville the victory.

Nashville, which was coming off a 1-0 shootout loss to Detroit on Saturday, is in fifth place in the Western Conference with 94 points.

"A game like this, when you're playing a team you don't see often, you don't have any matchup against, it's just a random game, you have tendency to just mosey on in and tonight we did that a little bit, but we dig deep toward the end when it really counted and got the points," Ellis said.

The Predators tied the game at 2 on Hornqvist's goal with 3:07 left in regulation. Hornqvist scored with a wrist shot that went through Clemmensen's legs.

The Panthers tied the game at 1 on Ballard's goal at 3:12 of the third. Weiss and Michael Frolik had the assists on the goal, Ballard's sixth of the season. Weiss then put Florida up 2-1 at 5:53 of the third, when he tipped in Jason Garrison's shot from the blue line. Frolik also assisted on Weiss' goal.

"We had two or three chances, I thought, to make it 3-1 and really put the game out of reach and either their guy made a save or we just missed and they hung around and found a way to get one," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said.

Legwand opened the scoring at 2:41 of the second period with his 11th goal of the season. He took a pass from Colin Wilson and scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

"We gave up two goals there. They were all over us a little bit. But we squeaked one out," Legwand said. "Hornqvist got a big goal and the overtime we knew we could go for it a little bit against an Eastern Conference team. We needed two points and we got it."

Notes

  • The Panthers recalled RW Victor Oreskovich from Rochester (AHL). Oreskovich replaced RW Byron Bitz in Florida's lineup. DeBoer said Bitz was out with an elbow injury, which occurred Saturday in Ottawa.
  • The Predators managed only four shots on goal in the scoreless first period. The Panthers had only six.
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Steven Reinprecht (27) can only watch as Francis Bouillon's shot gets past Scott Clemmensen in OT.  (AP)
Steven Reinprecht (27) can only watch as Francis Bouillon's shot gets past Scott Clemmensen in OT. (AP)

Scoreboard
Nashville  (44-27-6) «01113
Florida (30-33-12)00202
Three Stars
F. Bouillon
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
S. Weiss
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Frolik
FLA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:41David Legwand (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wilson, Weber
3RD PERIOD
03:12Keith Ballard (6), Tip-In. Assist: Weiss, Frolik
05:53Stephen Weiss (27), Tip-In. Assist: Garrison, Frolik
16:53Patric Hornqvist (29), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sullivan, Goc
OT
01:00Francis Bouillon (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Goc, Sullivan
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:54Oreskovich, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:17Weber, 2 min, Boarding
2ND PERIOD
04:20Belak, 5 min, Fighting
04:20MacIntyre, 5 min, Fighting
08:26Hornqvist, 2 min, Slashing
13:11Suter, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville491124
Florida6121129
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis 61:00272
Scott Clemmensen 60:46223
Game Information
Attendance - 13679
Referees - Ian Walsh, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Scott Driscoll
 
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