Forsberg shines as Predators beat Panthers 6-5 in overtime

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Filip Forsberg scored in regulation and overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on Thursday night.

Forsberg also had three assists as Nashville stopped a two-game slide. Matt Duchene scored twice, and Roman Josi and Calle Jarnkrok had the other goals for the Predators.

Nashville was down 5-3 before Josi scored with 2:06 left in the third. Duchene then tied it with his second of the season with 56.8 seconds left in regulation.

Forsberg skated in on a breakaway in overtime and beat Sergei Bobrovsky through the goaltender's legs at 4:00. Bobrovsky finished with 35 saves.

Juuse Saros started for Nashville and allowed five goals on 24 shots. Pekka Rinne finished the game, making 12 saves.

Jonathan Huberdeau had three goals and two assists for the Panthers. It was his first career hat trick.

Huberdeau’s second goal, scored in the first period, was originally given to Markus Nutivaara, then to Patric Hornqvist, before finally being credited to Huberdeau between the second and third period.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist. He moved into second place in Panthers franchise history with his 158th goal, passing Scott Mellanby.

The Panthers (6-0-2) have not lost a game in regulation this season. They are the only remaining team in the NHL without a regulation loss.

Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers in the opener of a six-game homestand.


Barkov had a nifty assist on Ekblad's power-play goal when he slid the puck between the skates of the defender in the left circle before passing to Ekblad in front.


The 32-year-old Bobrovsky, who has won the Vezina Trophy twice, made his 500th NHL start.


The teams play again on Friday.

Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press