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Preds Rookies Shut Down Panthers, 3-1; Preds Rookies Sweep Two Game Tourney

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 4:24 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Rookies Shut Down Panthers, 3-1; Preds Rookies Sweep Two Game Tourney
Photo by Sami Katzenberg
 Game Highlights
Craig Smith continued his rookie tournament dominance with two more goals as the Nashville Predators rookies earned a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers rookies on Tuesday afternoon in Coral Springs, Florida. The Preds swept their two-game round-robin tournament, out scoring the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning rookies by a combined 10-4 margin. Smith was the star of the tournament finishing the two games with six goals and one assist.

With the game tied 1-1 midway through the second period, Smith converted a power-play goal from Ryan Ellis to give the Preds a 2-1 lead. Smith added an unassisted goal 1:01 into the third period to push Nashville's lead to 3-1.

The Panthers opened the game's scoring 3:41 into the first period. Josh Shalla, a member of Nashville's 2011 Draft Class, netted the equalizer 3:20 into the second period to set the stage for Smith's game-winner.

Similar to last night's game Chet Pickard and Atte Engren split the action in net for Nashville. Engren started the game and turned aside 16-of-17 shots. Engren finished the two games with 36 saves on 38 shots (.947 save percentage). Pickard took over in the middle of the second period and stopped all 20 shots he faced to close out the two game set with 40 saves on 42 shots (.952 save percentage).
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36