Filip Forsberg found a new way to deliver for the Predators. The NHL's rookie scoring leader beat Florida goalie Roberto Luongo for the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Predators beat the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "I was thinking maybe a shot, deke," Forsberg said. "A couple of guys tried that and it didn't work. I just went for the five-hole and was lucky this time." The goal was not an accident — both Forsberg and coach Peter Laviolette said the team studied Luongo on video with goalie coach Ben Vanderklok as part of a routine process ahead of a game. "Filip surprised me," Laviolette said. "The first three guys set it up by coming in a little bit slower and changing pace, and he just barreled in and shot it, and that was it. It was an nice goal." Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped Brad Boyes on the ensuing shootout attempt to close out his 13th win of the year, something that seemed a lock until the final minute of the third period. Colin Wilson's second-period goal and Matt Cullen's goal with 6:59 left in the third had the Predators up 2-0. But Panthers forward Rocco Grimaldi and center Nick Bjugstad scored 12 seconds apart in the final minute to force overtime.
Predators escape Panthers in shootout
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