The Florida Panthers stopped the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night at BB&T Center. The Panthers have played seven of their last eight games at home.
Florida(17-15-8) quickly struck as they scored 2:24 into the contest. Derek MacKenzie dumped the puck off the end wall from the top of the zone. It took a hard rebound from the boards and Greg McKegg followed up with a wrist shot from the low slot by Juuse Saros for his second goal of the campaign.
Nashville(17-15-7) waited until 5:03 of the third period to get on the scoreboard. Mike Ribeiro made a cross-ice pass from the left circle to the the middle. Craig Smith then snapped in a shot past James Reimer for his first goal since Novermber 23.
The Panthers regained the lead 2-1 with 9:53 remaining in the frame. Jonathan Marchessault and Vincent Trocheck passed the puck back and forth in the right corner. Marchessault was able to spin and score from an acute angle for his 12th tally of the season.