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Predators 7, Lightning 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Predators 7, Lightning 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Nashville Predators 7

Consider Tuesday’s loss at Nashville a moral victory, for a lot went right for the Lightning at the Sommet Center.

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The Lightning’s penalty kill unit was once again flawless, Steven Stamkos broke out of an eight-game goalless drought, and Vincent Lecavalier recorded his first two-goal game of the season and led all skaters on the score sheet with three points, while he and Kurtis Foster revived the power play with a pair of goals. Tampa Bay also outshot Nashville 34 to 27, rounding out several positive points in an otherwise tough defeat.

But the valiant effort was not enough to pick up their first win on their current six-game road trip, falling to the Predators 7-4.

The Predators received goals from seven different players including Jerred Smithson, David Legwand and Ryan Jones just one night after getting three from Steve Sullivan alone in Monday’s 5-3 win at Columbus.

Patric Hornqvist, J.P. Dumont, Dan Hamhuis and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville.

The Predators took a 1-0 lead thanks to Smithson, who tapped in a second chance rebound effort in front of the net at 6:53 in the first as a Lightning clearing attempt was held in along the boards.

Stamkos, the Lightning’s leading goal scorer who entered the contest tied for fifth in the NHL in goals, knotted the game at one with his 18th of the season at 11:35, which was his first since Nov. 28 at Dallas.

“He’s playing with a lot more puck poise and a he’s a lot more aggressive with the puck,” Lightning associate coach Rick Wilson said. “That was a tremendous individual effort by him.”

Lecavalier increased Tampa Bay’s lead as the final seconds of a 5-on-3 power play expired, ending a 0-13 power play skid that put the Bolts up 2-1 heading into the middle frame.

“We want more pucks at the front of the net,” Wilson added. “The power play unit moved it around, stayed patient with it, and we were rewarded with it, as well.”

After the Lightning scored two unanswered goals to end the first period, the Predators returned the favor with a pair of their own consecutive netters to open the second.

Legwand scored the game-tying goal 72 seconds into the period before winger Ryan Jones tallied the go-ahead mark nearly two minutes later at 2:57.

Hornqvist made it 4-2 Nashville after a tie-up off the faceoff in which the puck bounced into the slot before the Predators forward whacked it into the net past Bolts goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

Before the goal could be announced, just 28 seconds after Mike Smith relieved Niittymaki of goaltending duties, Hornqvist fed a pass to Dumont who increased the Predators lead by three with his sixth goal of the season before Hamhuis made it 6-2 at 16:09 heading into the third and final period.

The back-and-forth scoring continued, as Foster improved the Bolts power play with the second of two goals with the man advantage on the night, striking the back of the net to open the third and cut the deficit to three with his fourth goal of the season which leads all Lightning defensemen.

Tampa Bay wasn’t finished yet.

The Lightning captain recorded his second goal, and third point on the night, after converting on a breakaway in which he beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to make the score 6-4 at 12:20.

But as soon as the Bolts came back, Nashville did too.

Erat tallied the game’s 11th goal, clinching the win, which was Nashville’s first over Tampa Bay since 2003.

Lecavalier was honored as the game’s third star, while teammate Steve Downie left the game early with an upper body injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:53
NSH
Jerred Smithson (5) ASST: David Legwand (13), Joel Ward (8)
1 - 0 NSH
11:35
TBL
Steven Stamkos (18) ASST: Ryan Malone (12), Mattias Ohlund (7)
1 - 1 Tie
16:30
TBL
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (7) ASST: Kurtis Foster (4), Martin St. Louis (28)
2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:12
NSH
David Legwand (7) ASST: Joel Ward (9)
2 - 2 Tie
02:57
NSH
Ryan Jones (3) ASST: Nick Spaling (1), Shea Weber (12)
3 - 2 NSH
12:22
NSH
Patric Hornqvist (8) ASST: Marcel Goc (3)
4 - 2 NSH
12:50
NSH
J-P Dumont (6) ASST: Patric Hornqvist (6)
5 - 2 NSH
16:09
NSH
Dan Hamhuis (3) ASST: Ryan Suter (14), Marcel Goc (4)
6 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
01:52
TBL
PPG - Kurtis Foster (4) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (21), Martin St. Louis (29)
6 - 3 NSH
12:20
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (8) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (5)
6 - 4 NSH
13:47
NSH
Martin Erat (11) ASST: Steve Sullivan (14), Jason Arnott (10)
7 - 4 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
14:30
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Cross checking against  Mattias Ohlund
16:04
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hi-sticking against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
04:32
TBL
Matt Walker  Boarding against  David Legwand
06:17
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hooking against  Stephane Veilleux
13:39
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
13:39
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
18:10
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Klein
18:10
NSH
Kevin Klein  Fighting (maj) against  Stephane Veilleux
3rd Period
00:53
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
00:53
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
00:53
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jerred Smithson
05:46
TBL
Victor Hedman  Boarding against  Ryan Jones
20:00
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Nick Spaling
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 14TOI: 32:22
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 13TOI: 27:38
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
14-6-2
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0