The Predators scored twice in the first 6:04 to take an early 2-0 lead and erupted for four goals in the third period to cap a 6-4 win at Atlanta on Friday night. Twelve Preds registered a point in the game, including five multi-point performances, led by Jordin Tootoo's goal and two assists. Tootoo also had a second period fight to post a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, and a fight). Martin Erat, Dan Hamhuis, and David Legwand each had a goal and an assist, while Scott Nichol dished out a pair of assists.
Vernon Fiddler scored 26 seconds into the game off a drop pass from Scott Nichol to give the Predators a 1-0 lead, Fiddler's second goal in as many nights. The Nashville power-play clicked for the second goal when Hamhuis converted a feed from Ryan Jones on a back door play. Jones has points in five of the six exhibition games he's played this Training Camp, including both rookie games and three of his four preseason games.
The Thrashers rushed back in the second half of the first period, including three goals in a 3:36 span midway through the frame. Todd White opened Atlanta's scoring at the 13:07 mark, a power-play tally. Joseph Crabb netted an even strength goal and then Colby Armstrong finished a two-on-one rush with Eric Perrin for a shorthanded tally to give Atlanta its first lead of the night, 3-2. Slava Kozlov scored a five-on-three power-play goal at the 19:49 mark of opening period to push the Thrashers lead to 4-2.
The teams skated to a scoreless second period, but the Predators, after being held off the scoreboard for 36:12 through the middle of the game, netted four third period goals to rally for the win. Nashville got going 2:16 into the third on Rich Peverley's goal, assisted by Ryan Suter and goaltender Pekka Rinne. David Legwand evened the score 1:51 later, assisted by Martin Erat and Tootoo. Tootoo put the Preds back in front with a power-play marker. Legwand and Erat drew the assists on the play.
Rinne then made sure the goal held up, robbing Todd White from point blank range among his 11 third period stop. Rinne would finish the game with 29 saves and the one assist.
Joel Ward, who scored in last night's game against Carolina, closed out the scoring with an even strength goal from Shea Weber and Nichol. Ward led all skaters with a +3 plus/minus rating for the night.
The Predators close out the preseason schedule on Sunday afternoon at Carolina, a rematch of Thursday night's contest.
Game Notes: Shea Weber has points in all four preseason games he's played (1g-4a) ... Dan Hamhuis became the fourth Preds defenseman to post a multi-point performance this preseason, joining Kevin Klein (1g-1a vs. ATL), Ryan Suter (0g-2a at CBJ), and Shea Weber (1g-1a vs. CBJ) ... Patric Hornqvist posted a game-high 8 shots on goal. He had 5 shots on goal last night ... Ryan Jones was credited with a game-high 3 hits ... Ryan Suter skated a game-high 24:26 of ice time. Dan Hamhuis and Shea Weber were the only other Preds with over 20:00 of ice time ... Martin Erat led team forwards with 19:31 of ice time.