Nashville Predators

Predators beat Stars 4-3 in shootout

The Predators and Stars both gained ground in trying to earn playoff spots in the Central Division thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks’ regulation loss Sunday afternoon.

Granlund deflected in a wrist shot from Forsberg from the high slot for his fifth goal of the season to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 15:31 of the first period on the power play.

Only 1:18 later, Jarnkrok collected a loose puck between the circles and lifted a shot into the upper corner for his sixth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.

Pavelski scored at 14:46 near the crease for his 12th of the season and NHL-leading 10th power-play goal just as the net was moved off the right peg by Rinne, ruled good following a review.

With Juuse Saros placed on injured reserve last Thursday, the 38-year-old Rinne played on consecutive days in different cities for the first time in 15 months.

Predators: Visit Carolina on Tuesday in the second game of an eight-game, 15-day road trip that will end back in Dallas on March 21.

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