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Jordin Tootoo caps Predators' three-goal rally in 6-4 win over Thrashers

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ATLANTA - Jordin Tootoo scored on a power play to cap a three-goal rally early in the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-4 in a pre-season game Friday night.

Nashville's scoring burst came against Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who replaced Johan Hedberg after two periods. Rich Beverly scored at 2:16 of the third period and David Legwand tied it two minutes later. Tootoo knocked in a rebound to put the Predators ahead 7:24 into the final period.

Joel Ward scored with 1:58 left and Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 28 saves as the Predators improved to 2-3 in the pre-season. Atlanta is 1-4.

Vernon Fiddler scored for Nashville just 26 seconds in and the Predators took a 2-0 lead on Hamhuis' power-play goal at 6:04 before the Thrashers scored four times in the final seven minutes of the first period.

White scored a power-play goal at 13:07 and Joey Crabb tied it at 14:57. Colby Armstrong gave Atlanta the lead with a short-handed goal at 16:43 and Slava Kozlov scored with 11 second left in the period while the Thrashers enjoyed a two-man advantage.

It was the first pre-season game for Kozlov, who had shoulder and knee surgery in the off-season. Veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider, acquired from Anaheim late last week, is scheduled to make his Thrashers debut in the final pre-season game Saturday night against St. Louis.

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