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Lightning Down Predators 7-4

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

Saturday, 09.7.2013 / 3:30 PM ET / News
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Lightning Down Predators 7-4
Sat
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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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