Atlanta at Nashville

    Predators thrash up Thrashers in final preseason game


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Defenseman Kimmo Timonen set up three power-play goals in a 3:19 span to help the Nashville Predators beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 on Saturday night in the final exhibition game for both teams.

    Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves to finish the preseason 3-0.

    Scott Hartnell began the power-play streak with two seconds left in the first period, Steve Sullivan scored 37 seconds into the second and David Legwand capped the surge 2:40 later. Hartnell and Sullivan scored on 4-on-3 advantages.

    The sequence began with 1:04 to play in the first period when Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo took a run at Ilya Kovalchuk, the Thrashers' leading goal scorer in the preseason. Tootoo was assessed minor penalties for boarding and roughing, but Kovalchuk retaliated and was given a match penalty for kicking. Atlanta's Kyle Wanvig was called for roughing at the same time as he attempted to defend Kovalchuk.

    Within 52 seconds, two more Thrashers were sent to the penalty box, Greg DeVries for holding and Garnet Exelby for a double minor for high-sticking. Exelby later scored Atlanta's only goal at 4:26 of the second period.

    Tootoo was ejected with 15:11 to play when he was the third man in an altercation. Atlanta's Eric Boulton was given a 10-minute misconduct for instigating a fight with 6:31 remaining.

    J.P Dumont and Jerred Smithson also scored for Nashville, Sullivan finished with a goal and an assist, and Marek Zidlicky had two assists.

    Nashville finished the preseason 4-1-1, and Atlanta went 3-4-0.

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    Scoring Summary
    13:42Jerred Smithson - Assists: Mikko Lehtonen and Dan Hamhuis
    19:58Power Play - Scott Hartnell - Assists: Marek Zidlicky and Kimmo Timonen
    :37Power Play - Steve Sullivan - Assists: Marek Zidlicky and Kimmo Timonen
    3:17Power Play - David Legwand - Assists: Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell
    4:26Garnet Exelby - Assists: Alex Bourret and Jim Slater
    18:10J.P. Dumont - Assists: Steve Sullivan and Shea Weber
    Penalty Summary
    3:13Martin Erat: hooking - minor
    7:30Boris Valabik: roughing - minor
    7:30Jason Arnott: slashing - minor
    8:59Ryan Suter: roughing - minor
    11:24Garnet Exelby: cross-checking - minor
    14:05Ryan Suter: slashing - minor
    15:15Kyle Wanvig: hooking - minor
    15:24Mikko Lehtonen: hooking - minor
    18:56Kyle Wanvig: roughing - minor
    18:56Ilya Kovalchuk: match--attempt to injure - misconduct
    18:56Jordin Tootoo: boarding - minor
    18:56Jordin Tootoo: roughing - minor
    19:20Greg de Vries: holding - minor
    19:48Garnet Exelby: high-sticking - double-minor
    8:53Marek Zidlicky: slashing - minor
    11:40J.P. Dumont: hooking - minor
    13:48Jason Krog: roughing - minor
    13:48Dan Hamhuis: roughing - minor
    13:48Dan Hamhuis: misconduct - misconduct
    15:25J.P. Dumont: hooking - minor
    18:52Eric Boulton: roughing - minor
    19:11Jerred Smithson: slashing - minor
    4:49Jordin Tootoo: roughing - double-minor
    4:49Jerred Smithson: charging - minor
    5:28Jon Sim: cross-checking - minor
    6:03Vitaly Vishnevski: roughing - minor
    6:03Scott Hartnell: tripping - minor
    6:03Scott Hartnell: roughing - minor
    6:17Kyle Wanvig: slashing - minor
    6:25Shane Hnidy: interference - minor
    7:48Steve Sullivan: slashing - minor
    10:52Boris Valabik: roughing - minor
    13:29Eric Boulton: misconduct - misconduct
    13:29Eric Boulton: fighting - major
    13:29Eric Boulton: instigator - minor
    13:29Eric Boulton: roughing - minor
    13:29Shea Weber: fighting - major
    16:16Boris Valabik: roughing - minor
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    Nashville6118 25
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    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Don Koharski, Craig Spada
    Line Judges - Mike Cvik, Brian Murphy
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