NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 01: Tuomo Ruutu #15 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on October 1, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators wound up their preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory over Carolina, thanks to Craig Smith scoring the winner with just 11 seconds left on the clock in overtime, putting the cap on a sensational training camp run that started with him scoring 6 goals in 2 rookie camp games in Florida. The Preds ended up with a 7-1-0 record, scoring 26 goals and giving up only 16.
The game was scoreless after two periods, with Bryan Allen opening the scoring with a goal for Carolina early in the 3rd, followed by a Patric Hornqvist PP score just over four minutes later. That was all the scoring during regulation, despite the Preds outshooting the Canes 40-21 (Mattias Ekholm fired 9 to lead the way).
Pekka Rinne went the distance for Nashville, making 20 saves for the win. From here, it's all about practice, practice, practice, as the Preds prepare for the regular season opener Friday night at Columbus.
Head over to NHL.com for the boxscore, and follow after the jump for the final scoring stats for the Predators on the preseason...
Who is your Predator of the Game?
Patric Hornqvist (10 votes)
Pekka Rinne (24 votes)
Craig Smith (139 votes)
173 total votes