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Thrashers cede lead, lose again

ATLANTA - Jordin Tootoo scored on a power play to cap a three-goal rally early in the third period and the Nashville Predators defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 6-4 in a preseason game Friday.

The Nashville outburst came against Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who replaced Johan Hedberg after two periods. Rich Beverly scored at 2:16 of the third period and David Legwand tied it two minutes later. Tootoo knocked in a rebound to put the Predators ahead 7:24 into the final period.

"We're seeing the evolution of Jordin Tootoo," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I told him he needs to play that Gary Roberts-type game. Play with that edge, but also the skill game."

"I'm trying to become a more well-rounded player," said Tootoo, who was involved in a second-period fight and had two assists to go with his goal. "I want to stay physical, but also be a threat to help out offensively."

Joel Ward scored with 1:58 left and Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 28 saves as the Predators improved to 2-3. Atlanta is 1-4.

"They score four goals and I should stop three," said Pavalec, who faced 15 shots. "No excuse for that. That was probably the worst period of my life."

Vernon Fiddler scored for Nashville just 26 seconds in and the Predators took a 2-0 lead on Hamhuis' power-play goal at 6:04 before the Thrashers scored four times in the final seven minutes of the first period.

White scored a power-play goal at 13:07 and Joey Crabb tied it at 14:57. Colby Armstrong gave Atlanta the lead with a short-handed goal at 16:43 and Slava Kozlov scored with 11 seconds left in the period while the Thrashers enjoyed a two-man advantage.