Cal O’Reilly scored a first-period goal and was the only skater for either team to convert in the shootout as the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Friday in Winnipeg.
The Predators won for the fifth straight time and improved to 6-1 in the preseason, which already was the franchise’s most successful to date. Nashville had no more than four victories in any previous preseason.
The final contest before the regular season is 7 p.m. Saturday against Carolina at Bridgestone Arena.
O’Reilly got the game’s first goal, at 7:51 of the first period, and David Legwand made it 2-1 with a power play goal at 7:28 of the third. The Jets tied it 2-2 and forced overtime with a power play goal of their own with 6:53 to play in regulation.
Winnipeg elected to go first in the shootout but Predators goalie Anders Lindback made saves on all three Jets’ attempts. O’Reilly was Nashville’s first shooter. Sergei Kostitsyn missed an opportunity to end it after two rounds when his attempt hit the post.
Lindback played the entire game and finished with 35 saves as Nashville was outshot 37-24 overall, including 16-3 in the second period.