Special Teams Lapses By Bolts Leads To Loss

Missy Zielinski  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 10:53 PM

NASHVILLE – Despite holding a two-goal lead through 30 minutes of play, the Tampa Bay Lightning's lack of second and third period shots and woes on special teams led to a 3-2 defeat by the Nashville Predators Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Captain Martin St. Louis began where he left off after Team Canada's Gold Medal win, scoring Tampa Bay's two tallies on the night. Yet the Preds scored three unanswered power-play goals to seal their first win since returning from Olympic break.

The Lightning also managed just seven shots on goal through the final 40 minutes of play, taking four shots in the second and three in the third.

The first of the pair of tallies by St. Louis came after linemate Ondrej Palat's shot down the slot hit the post. St. Louis recovered the rebound and backhanded it past Preds' netminder, Carter Hutton, for a 1-0 game at 5:26.

He then doubled the score less than four minutes later when his wrist shot from the right face-off circle trickled off Hutton and into his own cage at 9:13. St. Louis is now riding a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists) and has extended his point streak versus Nashville to 10 games (five goals, eight assists).

The Predators took advantage of back-to-back power plays midway through the second to even the game at two. Matt Cullen scored the first of the Preds' tallies at 12:05. Taking a hard feed from Ryan Ellis, Cullen notched the power-play marker on a sharp-angled shot from the left of Ben Bishop's net.

Following the goal Vladislav Namestnikov was called for hooking and Nashville capitalized quickly. Just 32 seconds after Namestnikov's minor, Roman Josi's slapshot went top shelf on Bishop at 13:16 of the man advantage.

Patric Hornqvist made it three power-play goals on the night for the Preds with 6:04 left in regulation to give Nasvhille a 3-2 advantage. Mike Fisher took the shot that landed in front of Bishop's crease. Hornqvist waited right in front and tipped-in the shot for the one-goal lead.

The late tally stood as the game-winner as the Lightning were unable to overcome the three-goal rally from the Preds. The dropped decision was the Bolts second straight loss away from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

UP NEXT – Tampa Bay heads to Dallas to face the stars at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The matchup is their first game of back-to-backs as they immediately head to Colorado to face the Avalanche Sunday. The four-game road trip is the longest remaining road trip on the Bolts' regular season schedule.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:26TBL Martin St. Louis (26) ASST: Ondrej Palat (21) 1 - 0 TBL
09:13TBL PPG - Martin St. Louis (27) ASST: Nikita Kucherov (7), Teddy Purcell (24) 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
12:05NSH PPG - Matt Cullen (6) ASST: Ryan Ellis (14), Craig Smith (19) 2 - 1 TBL
13:16NSH PPG - Roman Josi (9) ASST: Shea Weber (24) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
13:56NSH PPG - Patric Hornqvist (11) ASST: Mike Fisher (15), Shea Weber (25) 3 - 2 NSH
Three Stars of the Game
Patric Hornqvist
Patric Hornqvist
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:17
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:44
Roman Josi
Roman Josi
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 27:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:43NSH Ryan Ellis  Tripping against  Sami Salo
10:29TBL J.T. Brown  Roughing against  Seth Jones
19:26NSH Craig Smith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
02:46NSH Viktor Stalberg  Tripping against  Eric Brewer
02:46TBL Eric Brewer  Holding against  Viktor Stalberg
09:22NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
09:22TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Rich Clune
10:31TBL Nikita Kucherov  Too many men/ice - bench
12:44TBL Vladislav Namestnikov  Hooking against  Gabriel Bourque
3rd Period
10:09NSH Paul Gaustad  Tripping against  Ryan Malone
11:59TBL Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Mattias Ekholm
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/33/4
Faceoff Wins2332
Blocked Shots1512
Penalty Minutes1513
2E. BrewerD0001218:05
6S. SaloD0000014:54
7R. GudasD0011022:04
8M. BarberioD0000016:50
9T. JohnsonC0012021:53
11T. PyattC0000016:17
12R. MaloneL0001213:44
16T. PurcellL0102016:33
17A. KillornC0000013:54
18O. PalatL0110018:52
19B. CrombeenR0003512:04
23J. BrownR000028:49
25M. CarleD0010024:58
26M. St. LouisR2012019:44
44N. ThompsonC0001014:55
65V. NamestnikovC000028:10
77V. HedmanD0002020:05
86N. KucherovR0101011:22
30B. Bishop2629.89758:44
3S. JonesD00-11014:59
4R. EllisD0101219:14
5M. Del ZottoD0001017:33
6S. WeberD02-13028:18
7M. CullenC1001015:49
11D. LegwandC00-10018:55
12M. FisherC0101022:16
15C. SmithR01-15217:10
16R. CluneL000056:06
21S. MoserC000108:22
24E. NystromL0002015:42
25V. StalbergL0000213:00
27P. HornqvistR1004016:17
28P. GaustadC0000211:17
33C. WilsonL0001014:32
42M. EkholmD0001012:47
57G. BourqueR00-13014:04
59R. JosiD1004027:09
30C. Hutton1416.87560:00