Tampa Bay 4, Nashville 2

Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 16-16-0-3 8-7-0-2 8-9-0-1 L2
Tampa Bay 21-11-2-1 13-3-1-0 8-8-1-1 W3


Lightning 4, Predators 2: Alex Killorn recorded a goal and an assist in the first period as Tampa Bay seized a two-goal lead and held off visiting Nashville for its third consecutive victory.

Captain Martin St. Louis scored his 350th goal with the team while Teddy Purcell and Richard Panik added tallies for the Lightning. Former Nashville goalie Anders Lindback turned aside 28 shots to gain his third victory of the season for Tampa Bay, which is 13-3-1 on home ice.

Craig Smith registered a pair of goals and Matt Cullen had two assists for the Predators, who have dropped two in a row after winning three straight. Starter Carter Hutton stopped 10-of-14 shots before being pulled in the second period and rookie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves.

Killorn gave the Lightning a lead 2:25 into the game, shaking off a defender with a quick move inside and whipping a wrist shot past Hutton from the right circle. St. Louis doubled the advantage with 54 seconds left in the first period, blasting a shot from the slot on the power play.

Smith knocked home a rebound just after a power play ended 6:36 into the middle period, but Purcell answered 1:51 later off a cross-ice pass from Valtteri Filppula. Smith one-timed Cullen’s pass for a power play goal at 13:02 of the second and Panik responded with a nifty deflection 49 seconds later.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay D Jean-Philippe Cote played in his first NHL game since Feb. 4, 2006 with Montreal and assisted on the opening goal for his first career point. … Nashville F Colin Wilson was scratched after collecting just one point in the last six games. … Lightning D Victor Hedman returned from a lower-body injury after missing six games and notched an assist on the first goal.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Tampa Bay
Craig Smith 2 Points Alex Killorn 2
Craig Smith 2 Goals Alex Killorn 1
Matt Cullen 2 Assists Alex Killorn 1
Craig Smith 1 Power Play Goals Martin St. Louis 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marek Mazanec 1.000 Save Percentage Anders Lindback .933
Marek Mazanec 19 Saves Anders Lindback 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 30 2 1-5 3-4 13 32
Tampa Bay 33 4 1-4 4-5 15 28

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Lightning have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Predators have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .421 after a loss.
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