Nashville Predators left wing Martin Erat (10), of the Czech Republic, is congratulated after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Martin Erat scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 38 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Nashville, which has won five of seven, sent Toronto to its fifth loss in six games.
Ryan Suter and Matt Halischuk scored the other Nashville goals. John-Michael Liles had the only tally for Toronto.
Erat gave the Predators a 1-0 lead just 5:48 into the game.
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