Carolina at Nashville

    Hurricanes 3, Predators 1


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Patrick O'Sullivan and Sergei Samsonov scored second-period goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

    Carolina is 1-1 in the preseason. The game was Nashville's preseason opener.

    Nashville veteran J.P. Dumont opened the scoring at 9:18 of the opening period when he intercepted an attempted clearing pass on the right faceoff dot and beat Carolina goaltender Justin Peters with a wrist shot high to the stick side.

    After scoring a career-high 29 goals in 2007-08, Dumont had just 16 in 2008-09 and 17 last season. O'Sullivan evened the game at 4:46 of the second period.

    Nashville defenseman Cody Franson broke his stick on an attempted slap shot from the right point. Carolina's Zac Dalpe collected the puck and sent O'Sullivan in all alone on Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

    O'Sullivan signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina last week. He scored 11 goals in 73 games with Edmonton last season.

    That goal was the only blemish on an otherwise strong outing for Rinne, who stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced before being replaced by Mark Dekanich midway through the game.

    Samsonov gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 15:34 of the second on a power-play goal.

    Erik Cole added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes and Peters went the distance in goal for Carolina to earn the win.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    9:18J.P. Dumont
    2nd Period
    4:46Patrick O'Sullivan - Assists: Zac Dalpe and Bobby Sanguinetti
    15:34Power Play - Sergei Samsonov - Assists: Eric Staal and Bobby Sanguinetti
    3rd Period
    19:22Erik Cole - Assist: Eric Staal
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    :44Ryan Ellis: holding - minor
    9:44Sergei Samsonov: high-sticking - minor
    10:58Patric Hornqvist: interference - minor
    16:51Kelsey Wilson: roughing - minor
    2nd Period
    7:35J.P. Dumont: hooking - minor
    13:39Teemu Laakso: boarding - minor
    3rd Period
    :27Bobby Sanguinetti: holding - minor
    4:37Patrick O'Sullivan: holding - minor
    8:56Teemu Laakso: tripping - minor
    13:48Tuomo Ruutu: slashing - minor
    17:10Jay Harrison: slashing - minor
    17:10Ryan Parent: holding - minor
    Shots on Goal
    Justin Peters60:00271
    Mark Dekanich27:4761
    Pekka Rinne31:31171
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    Referees - Gord Dwyer, Tim Peel
    Linesmen - Bryan Pancich, Mark Shewchyk
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