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Predators capitalize on power play to down Hurricanes

Jan 8, 2012 - 4:46 AM Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Patric Hornqvist scored two goals, and the Nashville Predators used the power play to earn a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Four of the Predators' goals came during a power play, including both of Hornqvist's. Shea Weber also lit the lamp, while Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to help the club win for the fourth time in its last five games.

Jay Harrison had both tallies for Carolina, which has dropped three of four. Justin Peters allowed five goals on 36 shots in the loss.

"Obviously special teams was the difference," Harrison said. "It's an unacceptable performance by our special teams to allow that to happen. You're not going to win when you allow that many power play goals against."

The Predators took control by scoring the first four goals of the contest. Weber got them on the board 9:14 into the game with a one-timer from the high slot, and just over four minutes later, Craig Smith struck during a power play. David Legwand passed across the ice to the left circle, where Smith unleashed a one-timer past Peters.

Hornqvist's tip-in with 2:56 left in the middle period made it a 3-0 contest, and he netted a rebound 6:56 into the third period.

Harrison put Carolina on the board less than two minutes later, but the Hurricanes couldn't catch up.

Predators rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis netted his first career goal with 5:32 to play, and Harrison capped the game's scoring with a power-play marker.

Game Notes

Hornqvist recorded his second multi-goal game of the season, having previously done so October 31 against Chicago...Harrison, a defenseman playing in his 163rd career NHL game, netted his eighth and ninth career goals.