NASHVILLE,Tenn. – Paul Kariya scored Nashville’s second goal in the shootout and the Predators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 for the franchise’s 200th NHL victory.

Steve Sullivan also had goal in the shootout, won 2-0 by Nashville. Tomas Vokoun turned aside Philadelphia shooters Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne in the tiebreaker to give the Predators the milestone victory in their seventh NHL season.

Kariya, 3-for-3 in shootout attempts, also had a goal and assist in regulation.

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 9:24 of the first period. With a crowd of players battling for the puck in the right circle, Michael Handzus found Knuble all alone in the left circle. Knuble fired a wrist shot that beat Vokoun, who was watching the other side of the ice.

Just 20 seconds later, the Predators tied it when Kariya scored from the middle of the slot on a wrist shot that beat Antero Niittymaki to his glove side.

The Flyers regained the lead at 8:04 of the second period. Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher took a shot from a few feet inside the blue line that was deflected in by Mike Richards at the front of the crease.

Martin Erat tied it 2-2 at 13:30. Kariya passed the puck to Erat, who moved it from his skate to his stick and skated down the slot to beat Niittymaki.

Yanic Perreault gave Nashville its first lead with a power-play goal later in the period. Ryan Suter took control of the puck at the top of the slot and passed it to Perreault, who put a wrist shot over Niittymaki’s left shoulder at 17:39.

The Flyers tied it at 3-3 with a little over two minutes left in regulation. Hatcher blasted a slap shot from high in the slot that beat Vokoun.

Notes: It was the first interconference game for both teams. … Nashville has scored at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games. Nashville’s Kimmo Timonen missed the game due to the flu. Kevin Klein was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL and made his NHL debut. Ben Eager was in the Flyers lineup after being recalled earlier in the day from the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms.

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