Smith keeps scoring, Preds wrap up road trip with victory

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 12:43am
Staff reports

Rookie Craig Smith notched his third multi-point game of the season, and Martin Erat recorded the seventh goal on a penalty shot in franchise history in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in Anaheim.

Erat made it 3-1 after he was hooked on a breakaway during a penalty kill at 12:48 of the second period. Vernon Fiddler was the last Nashville player to convert a penalty shot back on Nov. 16, 2008, at Calgary.

Smith scored twice raising his season total to seven goals, tied with Patric Hornqvist for the team lead.

Having spent most of the season on the wing, Smith played center in place of David Legwand, the Predators’ leading scorer, who was sidelined by an upper body injury he sustained a night earlier in a victory at Los Angeles. He also had an assist on Colin Wilson’s goal, which made it 2-0 4:54 into the contest.

Originally, that second goal was credited to Hornqvist, which would have given him a franchise record of at least one goal in seven straight games. Instead, that streak ended with him tied with J-P Dumont and Alexander Radulov, both of whom did it during the 2007-08 season.

Hornqvist did have three assists, which matched his career high.

The game was the last of five straight on the road. Nashville was 3-1-1 during that stretch.

The Predators host Montreal on Saturday (6 p.m., Bridgestone Arena) in the 1,000th regular season game in franchise history. It also is the first of five straight at home, where the team has won just twice in five tries this season.