Jared McCann and Frank Vatrano had the other goals for Florida. After snapping a seven-game losing streak with a home victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, the Panthers have won consecutive games.
Ekblad scored the game’s first goal at 4:05 of the opening period. With Florida on a power play, Trocheck sent a spinning backhand pass from above the right circle to Ekblad in the middle of the blue line, where he fired a one-timer high over the glove of Saros.
Ekblad’s goal was the 62nd of his career, moving him into first place in Florida franchise history for goals by a defenseman.
Before the goal, the Panthers’ James Reimer stopped two short-handed attempts by the Predators — first Viktor Arvidsson on a breakaway at 2:53 and then captain Roman Josi at 3:11. Reimer finished with 37 saves
Vatrano made it 2-0 at 13:16 of the first. On the right side, Ekblad found Vatrano, whose wrist shot tipped off of Arvidsson’s stick and over Saros’ glove.
On a breakaway, Trocheck slipped a backhander between Saros’ pads at 2:59 of the second to give Florida a 3-0 lead. After missing 27 games with a broken ankle, Trocheck has three points in the two games he has played since returning to the lineup.
Bonino got the Predators on the scoreboard at 2:45 of the third, tucking the puck just inside the right post after freezing Reimer with a move in the slot.
Watson drew Nashville to within a goal 38 seconds later with a nifty deflection of a shot by Bonino in the low slot, but Florida regained a two-goal lead at 11:38 off of a nice backdoor pass from Colton Sceviour.
NOTES: Nashville played without C Ryan Johansen, who served the first of his two-game suspension as a result of high-sticking Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele on Thursday night. … Nashville C Colin Blackwell played his first career NHL game. … Florida had scored just one power-play goal in its last seven games. … The Panthers are 12-2-3 when leading after two periods. … Sceviour had a pair of assists.
Panthers: host San Jose on Monday.
Predators: visit Colorado on Monday.
Source: Fox Sports