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.