Predators beat Ottawa 3-2 in Laviolette’s debut

Predators beat Ottawa 3-2 in Laviolette's debut (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all scored in the third period, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, giving coach Peter Laviolette a win in his Nashville debut.

Smith tied it at 1 with his goal 1:36 into the third of the season opener for both teams.

Then Weber, the three-time Norris Trophy finalist, skated around the net before flipping a backhander over a diving Craig Anderson for the lead. Nystrom scored at 10:20.

Filip Forsberg and Paul Gaustad each had two assists.

Kyle Turris and Alex Chiasson each scored for Ottawa. Chiasson’s power-play goal gave the Senators a chance to rally within the final two minutes.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped a flurry in front of the net with about 30 seconds left to preserve the win.

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