Nashville had not scored a power-play goal since their Dec. 23 loss in Dallas. That was also the game that saw team captain Shea Weber sustain a concussion that would sideline him for the next four games. Weber returned Thursday night, but it was in Saturday's 5-2 victory at home against Carolina that Weber and the Predators' power play found their stride.
Right wing Patric Hornqvist had two power-play goals on the night, and rookie center Craig Smith snapped a personal 15-game goal-scoring drought in getting Nashville's first power-play marker of the game.
Rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis' power-play goal at 14:28 of the third period concluded the scoring for Nashville. It was the first career NHL goal for Ellis, who had earlier notched his first NHL point with an assist on Hornqvist's first goal.
The Predators had to be sharp due to Carolina's aggressive penalty-kill strategy. The Hurricanes entered Saturday's action with seven shorthanded goals, which w...