Josi's SO goal puts Predators past Flyers, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shea Weber finally made himself at home in Philadelphia.

The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side.

Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.

Josi beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason for the last of a combined five shootout goals to give the Predators the needed road win as they chase a playoff spot.

Weber had a big night in his first game against Philadelphia since the Flyers made him a $110 million, 14-year offer in the summer of 2012. The Predators matched the deal, keeping him in Nashville. He declined to go into detail about his return to Philly, simply stating he was happy with the win.

He wasn't even booed by the fans, though Flyers forward Scott Hartnell got in his ear.

"Just Hartsy cause he's always chirping," Weber said, smiling. "But that's nothing new, though."

Weber snapped a tie game with a power-play goal early in the third period. Wayne Simmonds tied the game 3-all with a power-play goal with 1:24 left in regulation to send the game into OT.

Eric Nystrom and David Legwand also scored in regulation for Nashville. Brayden Schenn and Andrej Meszaros scored for the Flyers.

"We moved our feet, made the right plays and played the way we wanted to play," Flyers captain Giroux said. "We had our chances. We played well and were able to tie it up at the end there. They just did a good job in finding a way to get the two points."

Nashville dug deep into the pocketbook and decided to pay Weber the $110 million over 14 years offered by the Flyers. The Flyers were looking for someone to fill the void left in defenseman Chris Pronger's absence. Instead, they were left scrambling without the former All-Star and Olympic gold medalist. Even with their captain in the fold, the Predators are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

They can thank Weber's 12th goal for setting up this win — and one incredible save by Carter Hutton.