Jani Lajunen scored on a redirect from Taylor Beck as a Predators' power play had just ended with 3:11 left to break a 3-3 tie and sent the Preds on to victory in the first half of a double header with the Florida Panthers on Monday afternoon at the Bank Atlantic Center.
Kyle Wilson scored another goal with 51.8 seconds left to put the icing on the cake. The Predators also had goals from Colin Wilson, Chris Mueller, and Jon Blum in route to the 5-3 win. Sergei Kostitisyn added three assists to the offensive outburst and Colin Wilson had two assists to also have a three-point game.
Florida out shot the Predators 37-22. Jeremy Smith was in goal for the first half of the game, giving up one goal while Chet Pickard played the second half letting in a pair of goals.
Florida's goals came from Dmitry Kulikov, Mark Cullen and Greg Rallo.
The second half of the twin bill will have a 6:30 p.m. CDT puck drop as both teams will field all new rosters.
From @rinkside: #Preds Tootoo on getting the preseason started: "We had a lot to think about over the summer. We're off to a good start here. We have to keep the momentum going from last year. I think guys are ready for the challenge this year."
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