Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nashville contains Tampa Bay's high-powered offense in 5-3 win

The Nashville Predators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night by a 5-3 score in front of 16,619 at Bridgestone Arena. Mike Fisher had two goals for the Predators to lead them to the win. Pekka Rinne made several great saves on the night, and really played a strong game.

"They've got a good goalie and their back end is pretty mobile. And they've got some hard-working forwards. It's a pretty good recipe," said Tampa Bay foward Martin St Louis.

Nashville got on the board first when Sergei Kostitsyn converted on a beautiful feed from Craig Smith at 6:25 of the first period. The Predators would strike again in the first period when Kostitsyn threaded a pass to Fisher who was waiting at the net. He converted and made it 2-0 Predators.

Tampa Bay got on the board at 16:36 of the first period when Steven Stamkos roofed a beautiful backhand past Rinne to bring the Lightning within one. The Lightning would tie the game after Jordin Tootoo took a charging penalty near the end of the first period. Teddy Purcell hammered one and beat Rinne on the stick side.

Patric Hornqvist put the Predators ahead 3-2 when he put one past Mathieu Garon from the right in front of the net. He took a pass from Halischuk and converted for his first goal of the year.

Nick Spaling scored his first goal of the year when he put one past Garon from the slot. Kostisyn went down hard into the boards with an apparent leg injury seconds after Spaling's goal. He didn't return to action, but is expected to play in Saturday night's game against Anaheim.

Fisher scored on the sequence following the Kostitsyn injury to put the Preds up 5-2. The Predators really controlled the flow of play during the second period. Their shots were from great places on the ice.

Stamkos would add another goal for Tampa Bay in the third period for his second of the night. His line played a strong game for the Lightning.

"He was just hungry in front of the net. Two nice goals," St Louis said.

The Lightning would make a final push near the end of the third period, but were unable to capitalize. Nashville got their first win of the season on home ice, and Tampa Bay's three game winning streak was snapped.

"We had a lot of scoring chances. We just didn't capitalize on a lot of them. When you give up five goals it's tough to win in this league. We didn't play smart enough defensively," St Louis said.

Since Nashville and Tampa Bay don't play each other very often, preparing for games can be a little more difficult than it normally would be. That aspect makes interconference games special to watch.

"You're not as familiar as you are with the teams you play in your division and in your conference," St Louis said.

With the win, Nashville improves to 4-4-1 on the year. They will face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in a rematch of last year's 1st round playoff matchup.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Mike Fisher(NSH)
2. Craig Smith(NSH)
3. Nick Spaling(NSH)

3 Stars by Nashville Media:
1. Mike Fisher(NSH)
2. Pekka Rinne(NSH)
3. Nick Spaling(NSH)

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