Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) tries to shoot as Tampa Bay Lightning's Erik Cernak (81), of Slovakia, and goaltender Louis Domingue (70) block his path in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NHL: Predators Were Too Much for Lightning in 3-2 Loss

For the second time this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning fall to the Nashville Predators 3-2 in their final game of their four-game road trip. The Lightning have had some issues recently with digging themselves a hole early in the game. The Lightning scored first, but then allowed three goals to find themselves in a position to come from behind.

With this loss, the Lightning, now 21-14, fell to second place in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Maple Leafs now own the top seed in the East on a one-game advantage. Meanwhile, the Predators (21-15), maintain their first place standings in the Western Conference.

Game Recap

Victor Hedman opened up the scoring just inside the first six minutes of the first period. Goalie Louis Domingue began the scoring play as it developed into a three-pass score to set up Hedman off a slap shot from the left side at least 15 feet out.

It took just 10 minutes afterwards for the Predators to tie up the score. Kyle Turris scored in the final three seconds of a power-play that became extremely beneficial for the Predators. Turris was left wide open and lasered it off Domingue’s left arm to find the back of the net with 4:41 left in the first period. At this point, the Predators were leading in total shots 11-6.

Tampa Bay couldn’t find an answer to the Predators booming offense in the second period. The Predators amounted to two unanswered goals in less than four minutes. Filip Forsberg scored an amazing left upper-90 goal which further increased their shot advantage 23-11.

Four minutes later, right wing Craig Smith shot from 20-feet out and was tipped mid-air by Ryan Johansen inside the goal to boost their lead 3-1. The Lightning had as chance to answer late in the second, when Alex Killorn scored with 2:00 left in the second that was eventually waived off due to a violation committed by Killorn. the instant replay showed Killorn intentionally tripping defender Ryan Ellis to get the open lane.

Crucial Final Minutes

The third period started off booming with a great goal by Nikita Kucherov just three and a half minutes in. The play began with Breydan Point swerving through three defenders to set up a great assist to Kucherov who eventually fakes out goalie Pekka Rinne.

Score was 3-2 and the Lightning were creeping up on shot attempts 22-29.

The Predators allowed three final second shots in a wild scramble for the puck. Rinne lost sight of the puck as it was sliding into the net but Mattias Ekholm saved the Lightning’s best chance from tying the game and helped improve their win-streak to two.

Box Score

Tampa Bay Lightning:

Brayden Point – 2 Assists, 2 Shots on Goal, 2 Points

Victor Hedman – 1 Goal, 4 Shots on goal, 1 Point

Nikita Kucherov – 1 Goal, 3 Shots on Goal  1 Point

Nashville Predators:

Mattias Ekholm – 2 Assists, 2 Shots on goal, 2 Points

Ryan Johansen – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 1 Shots on Goal, 2 Points

Filip Forsberg – 1 Goal, 2 Shots on goal, 1 Point

Kyle Turris – 1 Goal, 3 Shots on goal, 1 Point

Roman Josi – 1 Assist, 2 Shots on goal, 1 Point

Craig Smith – 1 Assist, 3 Shots on goal, 1 Point

What’s Next

The Tampa Bay Lightning begin their five game home stand against the Florida Panthers in an inner-state rivalry on Wednesday night. Game starts at 7:30.

As for the Predators, they finish off their three-game home stand against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night at 8:00.

About Marco Martinez

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