Hurricanes blow past Predators

Associated PressSeptember 24, 2010 

Hurricanes Predators Hockey

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov, center, of Russia, is congratulated by Jussi Jokinen (36), of Finland, and Bobby Sanguinetti (24) after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


— Patrick O'Sullivan and Sergei Samsonov scored second-period goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Carolina is 1-1 in the preseason. The game was Nashville's preseason opener.

Nashville veteran J.P. Dumont opened the scoring at 9:18 of the opening period when he intercepted an attempted clearing pass on the right faceoff dot and beat Carolina goaltender Justin Peters with a wrist shot high to the stick side.

O'Sullivan evened the score at 4:46 of the second period.

Nashville defenseman Cody Franson broke his stick on an attempted slap shot from the right point. Carolina's Zac Dalpe collected the puck and sent O'Sullivan in all alone on Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

That goal was the only blemish on an otherwise strong outing for Rinne, who stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced before being replaced by Mark Dekanich midway through the game.

Samsonov gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 15:34 of the second on a power-play goal.

Erik Cole added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes, and Peters went the distance in goal for Carolina to earn the win.

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