Predators let late lead slip; win streak ends at Florida

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:23pm
Staff reports

David Legwand had a goal and an assist but the Nashville Predators’ six-game win streak ended Thursday with a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

Legwand put the Predators on top 2-1 when he scored with 9:58 remaining in the contest.

It was the third straight game with a goal (one short of his career high) for the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and gave him seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven games since his return from injury.

Florida responded with two goals in a span of 2:14, capped by David Booth’s game-winner at 15:48 of the final period. Rostislav Olesz scored the first and had an assist on Booth’s.

The Panthers outshot the Predators 34-29 for the game, including 7-3 in the 5:56 between the goals by Legwand and Booth.

Legwand also had the primary assist on Colin Wilson’s goal, which tied it 1-1 with 9:10 to play in the first period. It was Wilson’s 11th goal of the season, which tied him with Sergei Kostitsyn for second on the team behind Patric Hornqvist.

Nashville defeated Florida 3-0 back on Dec. 11, but the Panthers made sure early that they would not be shut out again. Radek Dvorak got the game’s first goal 3:22 after the opening faceoff.

Nashville plays its final home game before the All-Star break Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.