David Legwand scored his first goal in 35 games and Francis Bouillon scored the game-winner – his first goal in 24 games – one minute into overtime as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday in Sunrise, Fla.
The victory was Nashville’s 12th in overtime, which tied the franchise record set in 2008-09. Among Western Conference teams, only Chicago (14) has more this season.
Patric Honrqvist forced overtime – the Predators’ third straight – when he scored with 3:07 to play in regulation. It his team-leading 30th of the season and made him the fourth Nashville player ever to reach that number.
Legwand gave Nashville a 1-0 lead when he scored at 2:41 of the second period.
It remained that way until Florida tied it on Keith Ballard’s goal at 3:12 of the third. Stephen Weiss put the Panthers up 2:41 later.
It was the third straight game the Predators allowed two third-period goals.
Goalie Dan Ellis stopped all 18 shots he faced through the first 40 minutes but was beaten twice on the first five he faced in the third. He finished with 27 stops and notched his 15th win of the season and the 50th of his career. All but one of his victories have been with Nashville.
Legwand’s last goal was Jan. 2 against Anaheim. That one capped a three-game point streak in which he also scored the game-winning goal two days earlier at Columbus.
The Predators’ all-time leading scorer now has 11 goals for the season and 152 in his career.
Steve Sullivan has the primary assist on Hornqvist’s goal and became the sixth player in franchise history with 150 career assists.
Nashville has five games remaining, beginning 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Kings.