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Bonk and Fiddler score two goals each as Predators beat Panthers 4-3

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Bonk and Fiddler score two goals each as Predators beat Panthers 4-3

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Bonk scored his second goal of the game with 13 seconds left in regulation. He skated behind the net and put the puck in on a backhand shot that bounced off of the lower back of Jerred Smithson and into the net.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first period. Nashville's Greg Zanon dove too deep to help goalie Dan Ellis stop a flurry of shots and was ruled to have fallen on the puck in the crease. Jozef Stumpel took the penalty shot for the Panthers, beating Ellis to his glove side with 9:46 remaining.

In the second period, Fiddler beat Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun from short range at 3:21 to tie the game.

The Predators took a 2-1 lead when Radek Bonk shot the puck between Vokoun's legs from in front of the crease with 9:22 remaining in the second.

Florida tied the game with 47 seconds left in the second period. Working on the power play, Olli Jokinen shot a one-timer from just inside the blue line that bounced off of the pads of Ellis. Jokinen took control of the rebound and fired a slap shot from low in the left circle that went between the right shoulder and elbow of Ellis.

Fiddler gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 3:03 of the third period . Alexander Radulov skated low in the slot and passed the puck to his right to Fiddler, who took his shot from the edge of the crease and caught Vokoun out of position.

Jokinen scored his second power-play goal of the game 9:31 into the third period to tie the game 3-3.

Ellis made his second straight of the season for the Predators and won his second game.

The Predators held a 33-27 advantage in shots on goal.

Vokoun, making his first Nashville appearance since being traded to Florida, was recognized by the Predators during the first period with a video montage. He received an extended standing ovation from the crowd for his eight seasons in net for the Predators.

Notes: Nashville recalled Rich Peverley from Milwaukee to replace Darcy Hordichuk, who is out for one-to-two weeks with a broken toe. This was the second of back-to-back games for Florida. Vokoun earned an assist on Jokinen's second period goal. Nashville's Jason Arnott earned his 400th career assist on Fiddler's second goal.

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Bonk and Fiddler score two goals each as Predators beat Panthers 4-3