Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/22/13

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 21: Martin Erat #10 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 21, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Martin Erat took advantage of a costly Wild turnover, scoring his first goal of the season into an empty net as the Nashville Predators won their first game of the season, 3-1 at Minnesota. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom came out to play a loose puck, but could not get it past Erat, who intercepted the puck and scored with just over eight minutes left in the third period, snapping a 1-1 tie. David Legwand added a power play goal in the final seconds for the Predators. Chris Mason, making his first start of the season in goal for Nashville (1-0-2) finished with 28 saves. Dany Heatley scored his third goal of the season for the Wild (2-1-0), who failed to capitalize in a first period where they controlled the game. For Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, it was his third game with his new team and his first versus the Predators, for whom he had played nearly 600 games over seven seasons. Nashville was out-shot 12-5 in the first period, and dominated everywhere but on ...
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