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Jaccob Slavin gets shootout winner for Hurricanes

Carolina defeats Predators for second victory in eight road games

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Jaccob Slavin scored in the third round of a shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Carolina improved to 3-4-3 this season and 2-3-3 on the road.

James Neal gave the Predators (3-5-3) a 1-0 lead 9:44 into the first period on a breakaway. Colin Wilson made an outlet pass to Neal, who used a toe drag and beat Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward for his second goal.

 

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Jeff Skinner tied the game 1-1 at 13:25 of the second period on a wrist shot from the slot. Skinner had the puck in the slot, spun back to his forehand and took a shot that beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for his sixth goal.

"[Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy] did a good job coming down the wall of keeping the play alive," Skinner said. "It just sort of popped to me. I felt like I had a little bit of a step, but I was on my backhand so I just tried to turn and get it to the net. I think [Lee Stempniak] was probably in front, I think it was him, and it sort of found a way."

Video: CAR@NSH: Ward turns Weber aside with a great save

Matt Irwin gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 17:05 of the second period on a shot from the point. Irwin got a pass from Colton Sissons and took a shot that went through traffic past Ward for his third goal, all coming in the past three games.

"It's a concern where we're at," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's concern with the inconsistency. It's not good enough. That's the bottom line. Nobody's going to sit here and say that it's been good enough or that the start's been great. It hasn't. It's frustrating."

Ron Hainsey tied the game 2-2 at 8:22 of the third period on a shorthanded breakaway. Hainsey took a pass from Elias Lindholm and beat Rinne through the five-hole for his first goal.

"As the game went along, I thought [Hainsey] was real good," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "I thought our penalty kill was good, a real good job at the line for the most part. On their first [power play], they had us hemmed in there for a little bit. I'll have to look at it again. I think we had some opportunities to get the puck out and didn't. When we needed [Ward], he was there."

Ward made 25 saves, including three breakaway saves in the first period. He also didn't allow a goal on three shootout attempts.

"[In the first period], it could've been an easy 4-0 [deficit] without him making some saves on three of the four breakaways," Hainsey said. "He made a couple in the third too where they had little plays that worked. I think we had one shift where we got caught out there a little bit, and he made a big stop on kind of a wraparound so he was there to stand tall."

 

Goal of the game

Hainsey's goal, which tied the game in the third period, was the first shorthanded goal of his career.

Video: CAR@NSH: Hainsey goes five-hole for game-tying SHG

 

Save of the game

Ward made three breakaway saves in the first period, but perhaps his most important save came against Predators forward Filip Forsberg in overtime. Ward went post-to-post and was able to get his pad on Forsberg's attempt.

 

Unsung moment of the game

With the Hurricanes shorthanded, Lindholm forced a turnover in the offensive zone and hit Hainsey with the pass that led to his goal in the third period.

 

Highlight of the game

Neal opened the scoring in the game with a toe-drag move that beat Ward. It was Neal's second breakaway opportunity of the game, and he corralled the puck and lift it past Ward.

Video: CAR@NSH: Neal lights the lamp with some nifty moves

 

They said it

"The second period, I don't think we played a very good period. We weren't competitive enough. We weren't fast enough. Why? I don't know why. [Carolina doesn't] give up much. They haven't given up much all year or last year. From a numbers point of view, they're tough to generate against. They check forward all the time. Their defense is good. In the first period, I thought we were competitive with them. In the second period, we stopped being as competitive as we needed to be." - Predators coach Peter Laviolette

 

Need to know

Skinner leads the Hurricanes with six goals this season and leads the team with 12 points. He has four goals in his past four games. ... Forsberg has yet to score a goal through 11 games. He led the Predators with 33 goals last season.

 

What's next?

Carolina: Host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

Nashville: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

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