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Lightning Down Predators 7-4

Tampa scores five unanswered second period goals, holds on for victory.

Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 3:30 PM / News
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Lightning Down Predators 7-4
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9/07/2013
4-7
1 2 3 OT T
Predators 1 1 2 0 4
Lightning 1 5 1 0 7
NSH - S. Jones (1), A. Bitetto (1), A. Bitetto (2), F. Forsberg (2)
TBL - N. Nesterov (1), T. Richard (2), N. Kucherov (2), V. Namestnikov (1), D. Olsen (1), D. Gauthier (2), J. Brown (1)
  

By: Maria Kudryashova, University of Miami 

Day two of the 2013 Florida Panthers Prospects Tournament opened up with the Tampa Bay Lightning meeting the Nashville Predators in an offensive outburst. The game ended with a 7-4 Lightning victory thanks to five unanswered goals in the second period by the Panthers cross-state rivals.

The Predators were the first to score on an early goal by 2013 fourth overall pick Seth Jones. The defenseman drilled a shot from inside the blueline past the Lightning netminder. Two minutes later however, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Nesterov tied the score after working his way in from the blueline. 

In the second period, defenseman Anthony Bitetto gave Nashville a 2-1 lead but Tampa Bay answered back with five consecutive goals scored by Tanner Richard, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Dylen Olsen, and Danick Gauthier. 

The third period highlights included Bitetto’s second goal of the game for Nashville, as well as a goal by Filip Forsberg to bring the Predators to within two (6-4) but while on the power play and with their goaltender pulled, Nashville couldn’t get closer as JT Brown scored into the empty net. 

Despite Tampa Bay’s winning score there was a five-player shootout. Tampa Bay went first with Brown, Brady Brassart, Henri Ikonen, Brett Welychka, and Andrej Sustr with Brassart the only one to find the back of the net. Representing Nashville were Colton Sissons, Miikka Salomaki, Bitetto, Joonas Rask and Jones with the fourth overall defenseman tying the shootout round on the last available shot.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 29 12 7 3 19
A. Ekblad 29 5 13 6 18
J. Jokinen 28 3 13 -1 16
B. Boyes 29 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 22 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 26 3 9 3 12
V. Trocheck 19 2 9 4 11
S. Bergenheim 19 5 4 2 9
T. Fleischmann 27 3 5 8 8
S. Upshall 18 3 5 0 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 11 6 6 .925 2.30
 
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