Slavin scores in SO as Hurricanes beat Predators, 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jaccob Slavin scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Jeff Skinner and Ron Hainsey scored in regulation for Carolina, which ended a two-game losing streak. Cam Ward finished with 25 saves through overtime and denied all three Nashville attempts in the shootout.
James Neal and Matt Irwin had the goals for the Predators, losers of two consecutive games - both in shootouts. Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots.
Irwin put Nashville ahead 2-1 with 2:55 left in the second as his shot from the left point through traffic beat Ward on the stick side. It gave Irwin a goal in three straight games, matching a career high.
Hainsey tied it at 8:22 of the third on a short-handed score, taking a pass from Elias Lindholm and driving to the net and slipping the puck between Rinne's pads.