Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Friday, September 18th
Game 2: Saturday, September 26th

Predators 4

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(0-1-0, 0 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 18, 2009

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NSH 1 2 14
CAR 1 0 12

Top Skaters

Predators 4, Hurricanes 2

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- David Legwand had a goal and two assists to lead the Nashville Predators past Carolina 4-2 on Friday night in the Hurricanes' exhibition opener.

Mike Santorelli and Dan Hamhuis each had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Peter Olvecky added an empty netter on the power play, Martin Erat had two assists and Pekka Rinne stopped 10 shots in 1 1/2 periods.

Erik Cole and Eric Staal scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward made 21 saves.

Legwand's go-ahead goal came early in the second when he snatched a turnover in the Hurricanes' zone and snapped the puck past Ward to make it 2-1.

Both teams skated without some key players: Nashville held out forwards Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont while Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour didn't play.

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