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Nashville Predators 3, Florida Panthers 2: Salomaki’s Back!

Salty couldn’t catch a break with injuries last year, but he appears to be doing just fine now.

San Jose Sharks v Nashville Predators - Game Four
Remember this guy? He had a nice night Tuesday (even though it was the preseason)
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Miikka Salomaki’s goal with 1:53 remaining in overtime gave the Predators a split of their preseason doubleheader with Florida at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Florida won game one 5-3 and led 1-0 in the second game before Salomaki and Colton Sissons’ second-period goals gave Nashville a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Pekka Rinne made 10 saves on 11 shots before departing just past the midway point of the second period, giving Anders Lindback his first action in a Preds uniform since the 2011-12 season.

Lindback’s clearing attempt in the third bounced off of Jared McCann with 7:11 left in regulation to tie the game.

Salomaki ripped the game-winner past Samuel Montembeault for his second goal of the game.

Frederick Gaudreau registered two assists for the Predators, who return to action Friday at Tampa Bay.

Some thoughts from the second game:

Sam Girard took a tripping penalty in the offensive zone in the first period. Not great, but he overcame it and played very well after that. The Roman Josi-Girard pairing did great work most of the night, but really helped sustain pressure early in the third period.

The increased emphasis on slashing claimed Ryan Johansen twice as a victim in the first, as well as the new captain. They’re looking for it more (right now). Same for the faceoff violation. Yakov Trenin was hit with that one midway through the first.

Speaking of Trenin, he did create a couple of quality scoring chances with his big frame, one positive from an opening period that wasn’t. He stood out among the prospects in the nightcap.

After Johansen’s second slashing penalty, a bad line change hung Rinne out to dry on Florida’s power play. Nothing he could really do on Vincent Trocheck’s goal.

Salomaki’s first goal came off a fantastic feed from Anthony Bitetto. A great pass and great finish that tied the game in the second period.

Colton Sissons showed good finish (we’ve seen that somewhere before) on his backhand goal in the second, created by Tyler Kelleher’s effort behind the net against two Florida defenders.

Lindback was good except for the clearing attempt and his rough try at a poke check to knock the puck out of danger in the third, though he made a very tough save to bail himself out.

Peter Laviolette said he liked the doubleheader as a way to evaluate players, so expect some cuts either Tuesday or Wednesday as the roster gets whittled down somewhat.