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Hornqvist scores 2 power-play goals in Predators' 5-2 win over Hurricanes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Patric Hornqvist scored two power-play goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Shea Weber, Craig Smith and Ryan Ellis also scored as Nashville won for the fourth time in five games.

Jay Harrison scored twice for Carolina, which is 1-2-1 in its last four.

Hornqvist's second goal of the game and 11th of the season gave the Predators a 4-0 lead nearly seven minutes into the third period.

Harrison got the Hurricanes on the board with his fourth of the season at 8:35.

Ellis extended the margin back to four with his first NHL goal, on the power play with 5:32 remaining.

Weber opened the scoring at 9:14 of the first period after taking a pass from Martin Erat as he crossed the blue line and converting a slap shot from the point past Carolina goaltender Justin Peters to his glove side.

Smith made it 2-0 with 6:44 to go in the first on a one-time on the power play.

Hornqvist, stationed in front of the net, tipped in a shot by Mike Fisher for a power-play goal with 2:56 left in the second period to give the Predators a 3-0 lead.

Harrison closed the scoring with 2:04 left, this time on the power play.

NOTES: Weber has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in his last 22 games, and seven points in his last seven games against Carolina. ... The Predators are 6-1-1 when Weber scores. ... The last time Carolina won at Nashville was Dec. 3, 2002. ... This was the eighth of 16 back-to-back games for Carolina. ... The Predators are 17-2-2 when scoring more than two goals. ... Peters was making only his second appearance of the season. ...Erat was credited with two assists giving him eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.

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