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Predators score 3 goals in 3rd period to upend Capitals 3-1

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Colin Wilson scored with 24.3 seconds remaining in the third period and Pekka Rinne made 39 saves to give the Nashville Predators a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

In the final minute, Martin Erat carried the puck below the goal-line, pulling Washington goaltender Tomas Vokoun with him. Erat calmly slid the puck to Wilson who had an open net to tap the puck into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

After two scoreless periods, Washington's Troy Brouwer opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the high slot that sailed over Rinne's right shoulder at 15:14.

Just 28 seconds later, Erat tied the game 1-1 with a tap-in from the left post off a cross-crease feed from Nashville captain Shea Weber. Weber added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining.

Vokoun, who was with the Predators from 1998-2007, made 28 saves.

The Capitals had a good scoring chance late in the first period.

With the Capitals on a two-man advantage, Nicklas Backstrom sent a pass from below the goal line to Brooks Laich in the low slot where his point-blank chance was turned aside by Rinne.

Making things worse for Nashville was that its top defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were the penalized Predators at the time.

Rinne stopped Laich again with 9:11 remaining in the second.

John Carlson caught the Predators on a bad line change and sent Laich on a partial break on the left side. Laich pulled up at the top of the left circle and fired a slap shot on goal that Rinne stopped.

Vokoun made a spectacular save late in the second period. Washington was on another power play and had the puck in the Predators zone, but Nashville centre Mike Fisher took the puck the other way on a breakaway. Vokoun stopped Fisher's forehand with his outstretched left pad keeping the game scoreless.

Notes: Capitals D Mike Green missed his second consecutive game and eighth of the past nine. ... Washington played its first of three consecutive road games against teams from three different divisions. Their final two games on the trip will be played in Winnipeg and Toronto. ... The game was Nashville's second of three consecutive against Eastern Conference opponents.

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