Predators power play comes to life in preseason victory

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 9:43pm
Staff reports

Martin Erat had two goals and an assist, and the Nashville Predators’ power play converted twice in fewer than three minutes in a 4-3 preseason victory at Atlanta on Wednesday.

David Legwand scored the game-winner at 8:12 of the final period after the Predators had blown a two-goal lead in the second.

Defensemen Ryan Suter and Aaron Johnson added two points each. Suter had a goal and an assist, and Johnson had a pair of assists.

Erat got the game’s first goal, at 10:12 of the first period, and made it 3-1 with a power-play tally at 10:52 of the second. Suter’s goal, also on the power play, came 2:43 earlier.

Atlanta was called for just three penalties the entire contest, and Nashville converted twice, which was one more than in its first four preseason contests combined.

The Predators were called for just one penalty, a first-period hooking call against Erat. That, after they were not penalized at all in a 2-1 victory over the Thrashers on Monday.

Goalie Anders Lindback, a second-round pick in 2008 playing in North America for the first time, played all 60 minutes and stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced.