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Legwand Leads Predators To 3-1 Win Over Stars

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A long dormant Predators power play is finally beginning to produce.

David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators, who have won two straight. Carter Hutton made 33 saves.

Nashville closed out the first period with power-play goals from Hornqvist and Legwand just 28 seconds apart.

"When you can go 2 for 2 pretty much on the power play, that's a game-changer," Legwand said. "It's huge for our team. Executing 5-on-3s is big."

The Predators had not scored a power-play goal in their previous six games, five of which were losses.

"When we score a power-play goal, it's pretty good," coach Barry Trotz said. "The last six or seven games, it's been a little bit dry in terms of the goal production. That was a real big turning point for us. It gave us a lot of confidence at home."

Erik Cole had the goal for Dallas, which has lost three of four.

Cole scored the game's first goal at 18:07 of the opening period when he took possession of the puck behind the Nashville net and skated out front before lifting a backhand over Hutton's right shoulder.

Making his second consecutive start, Hutton improved to 6-3-1 this season.

Dallas got into trouble when Shawn Horcoff took a high-sticking penalty at 18:45 and Brenden Dillon was sent off for delay of game 7 seconds later after his clearing attempt from inside the Stars blue line sailed over the glass.

"We lost the game in a 2-minute span," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We were playing a good period and had a lead, but for me it's a mental mistake we can't make as a team."

Hornqvist got Nashville on the scoreboard at 19:02 on the two-man advantage.

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