Predators score twice late, defeat Panthers in OT on Forsbergs goal

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Nashville Predators scored twice in the final 2:06 of regulation before Filip Forsberg scored in overtime for a 6-5 victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Florida led 5-3 before Roman Josi and Matt Duchene scored in the final 2:06. Josi made it 5-4 at 17:54 with goalie Pekka Rinne pulled in favor of an extra attacker and went on the power play after the Panthers unsuccessfully challenged the goal contending the puck had been played with a high stick. Duchene then tied it 5-5 at 19:03.

Jonathan Huberdeau had his first NHL hat trick and two assists for the Panthers, who extended their point streak to start the season to seven games. The Panthers (5-0-2) have their second-longest point streak to start a season behind only their 12-game streak (8-0 with four ties) in 1996-97.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves but came up short in his attempt to become the first Panthers goalie to win his first four starts in a season.

Huberdeau’s five points set a NHL career high after he had four points eight previous times.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist for Florida.

Duchene had two goals and Forsberg had two goals and three assists for the Predators (5-5-0), who won on the road for the first time in six games. Calle Jarnkrok scored in his return to the lineup after missing six games with an undisclosed injury.

Goalie Juuse Saros was replaced after two periods after giving up five goals on 24 shots. Pekka Rinne made 12 saves.

Huberdeau opened the scoring 1:28 into the game on a breakaway and made it 2-1 at 10:09 after Forsberg scored a power-play at 9:02.

Huberdeau’s third goal gave Florida a 5-3 lead at 15:54 of the second period. He got a loose puck in the high slot and fired a quick wrist shot.

After Jarnkork tied the score 2-2 at 15:48, Aaron Ekblad gave the Panthers their third lead 54 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal.

Duchene tied the score again at 6:50 before Barkov scored a power-play goal at 8:01 after taking a cross-ice feed from Huberdeau.
 

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