Predators pick up a huge two points against the Lightning.

Both the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning entered Sunday night’s contest reeling so to speak. The Preds were coming off of a poor outing and loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night while the Bolts were losers of three of their last four.

The Predators were able to forget about their bad loss the night prior and topped the Lightning by a count of 4-1. The win marked Nashville’s 24th road win of the year which stands as a new franchise record.

Nashville entered the game atop the league standings with a three-point edge over the third place Lightning. Following the win, the Predators still sit atop the league and have 113 points holding a three-point edge over the Boston Bruins and five point edge over the Lightning with three games left on the schedule.

Filip Forsberg had a big night for the Predators scoring two goals and adding an assist while Juuse Saros was strong in net stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced giving him his fourth win in six starts this month.

How It All Went Down

As expected, both teams came out showing off their speed out of the gates. The game certainly felt like a game between two of the top three teams in the NHL standings.

The Predators scored the lone goal of the opening period thanks to Ryan Johansen leading a 2-on-1 rush and electing to pull the trigger with 12:10 left in the frame. Forsberg picked up the lone assist on the goal.

Both teams received power play chances during the first period, but neither team lit the lamp on the man advantage. Tampa Bay went 0-for-2 while the Predators struck out during their lone chance.

After 20 minutes of play, the Lightning held a 12-7 edge in shots on goal while Nashville held a 7-6 advantage in the 5-on-5 scoring chances for department.

Both sides found the back of the net in the second period.

Just 2:46 into the frame, Forsberg lit the lamp on the power play as his deflected shot snuck past Andrei Vasilevskiy giving the Predators a 2-0 lead. The tally was Forsberg’s 22nd goal of the season and gave him 60 points in three of his four full NHL seasons.

The Lightning continued to maintain their edge when it came to the shots on goal and they were finally awarded just under eight minutes into the period to make it a 2-1 contest.

Ondrej Palat was the goal scorer for Tampa Bay as he netted his 10th of the season.

The Lightning held the Predators to just six shots on net in the second frame. After 40 minutes of action, Tampa Bay held a 24-13 advantage in shots on goal department.

Penalties also continued to be a problem for Nashville in the second period as it was whistled for three minors including a delay of game from Craig Smith with 25 second left in the frame.

While Nashville carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, it turned things to another level in the third period jumping out to a 4-1 lead.

With 13:36 left in regulation, Forsberg lit the lamp yet again as he raced by a Lightning defensemen crashing to the net and sliding the puck home in what was a very impressive play.

The impressive plays kept coming for the Predators. Just over three minutes following the Forsberg tally, Mattias Ekholm hooked up with Craig Smith on a long stretch pass before Smith buried his chance for his 23rd goal of the year.

Saros and the Predators finished the perfect third period which saw Nashville out shoot the Bolts 12-6.

The Predators finished 1-for-2 on the man advantage and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill during the win. When it was all said and done, Nashville was out shot 30-25, but in all situations each team managed to create seven high-danger scoring chances a piece.

Viktor Arvidsson missed Sunday night’s contest as he was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury prior to puck drop.

The Predators continue their Florida road trip on Tuesday night as they take on the Florida Panthers at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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