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Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Nashville Predators 3 FINAL

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators were potent on the power play.

Kimmo Timonen scored two power-play goals and assisted on a third in Nashville's 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The Predators were 3-for-7 with the man advantage, including two goals in the third period. They scored three power-play goals in a game for the first time this season.

"We talked about creating movement, attacking seams and getting traffic," coach Barry Trotz said. "We talked about getting back to the basics. Our power play worked their penalty killers. All three of our goals were on wrist shots in traffic. We were getting people in front of the net. The power play is all about two-on-one situations and that was what we were getting the whole game."

Timonen leads the Predators in power-play points with 17 (five goals, 12 assists).

"Right now, we are a little gun-shy when it comes to the penalty kill," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We're either going to have to make wholesale personnel changes on the penalty kill or we're going to have to change the way we do it."

Martin Erat broke a 2-2 tie at 7:19 of the third period, beating Sebastien Caron through the legs.

Nashville's Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for his 81st career victory, tying the franchise record set by Mike Dunham.

Pittsburgh's Rico Fata opened the scoring with 51 seconds left in the first period, and Nashville tied it on Timonen's power-play goal midway through the second.

Tomas Surovy scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh with 3:16 left in the second, and Timonen countered with his second power-play goal at 1:37 of the third.

"Our five-on-five game was not that good, but our power play bailed us out," Trotz said. "We are finding ways to get wins even when all aspects of our game are not working."

Nashville won for the third time this season when trailing after two periods. The Predators are 5-1-1-1 against Eastern Conference teams.

"Being favored in a game hasn't happened to us too many times in our history," Trotz said. "Games like this are a lot harder when your are favored, especially against teams that you don't play a lot. But there is not an easy game in this league. It wouldn't have been that big of an upset if we had gotten beat."

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