Nashville Predators

Predators slip past Stars, take series lead

Mikael Granlund’s goal midway through the third period broke a deadlock, and Pekka Rinne sparkled in net as the visiting Nashville Predators claimed a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night and took the lead in their opening round Western Conference playoff series.

The Stars had all the momentum, and not just because they had erased a two-goal deficit, when Granlund sent a long wrist shot that somehow beat Ben Bishop with 8:19 left on the clock.

After a scoreless yet action-packed first period, Nashville’s Rocco Grimaldi opened the scoring at 3:29 of the middle frame with the kind of goal Bishop doesn’t often surrender.

Grimaldi, a scratch in the series opener, shot from the side boards and it banked into the net off the inside of Bishop’s arm.

While his linemates Benn and Alexander Radulov won the puck in a rugby scrum behind the net, Seguin cruised untouched into the crease and one-timed a feed to make it a 2-2 game.

Before the game, the Predators announced both Wayne Simmonds (lower body) and Brian Boyle (appendix procedure) would be out of action on a week-to-week basis.

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