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Nashville Predators 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (OT): Preds’ Streak Over After Gourde’s Overtime Winner

The Preds held a 3-2 lead late in the game, but the Lightning fought back to take two points in Bridgestone.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators’ winning streak came to an end tonight against the Lightning after losing a late lead in the game and falling in overtime thanks to a goal by Tampa’s Yanni Gourde.

This one got off to a lively start. Shortly after Ryan Johansen was robbed by Louis Domingue on the backdoor, the Lightning took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Chris Kunitz. The assist went to Viktor Arvidsson who made a terrible pass to the middle of the ice, right to Kunitz.

But Arvidsson redeemed himself after a rather confusing series of events midway through the period. It looked like Domingue had stopped Arvidsson’s shot with his stick... and then a few moments later Calle Jarnkrok scored for real. But the refs reviewed the previous play and ruled that Arvidsson had actually scored, so the Jarnkrok goal didn’t count. Yay Arvy! So it was 2-1 Preds.

Then Vladislav Namestnikov buried home the game tying goal about a minute later, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 and a great pass by Steven Stamkos. Oh, brother. One of those nights.

And that was all just the 1st period, folks.

Things settled down somewhat in the 2nd period, at least for the Preds. The Lightning? They kept coming, forcing the puck into the Nashville zone for long stretches of time. Saros had to work extra hard to keep the game tied. The Lightning have a stellar possession game and it was working well early in the 2nd.

Fortunately for the Preds, P.K. Subban slapped home a power play goal to put the Preds up 3-2 with less than a minute to play in the period. The play was challenged for goalie interference, but upheld by the referee. Arvidsson definitely made contact, but I suppose the refs either saw it as incidental contact or that it took place outside of the blue paint (or both).

That goal was a big momentum swing for the Preds, who had withstood an onslaught by the Bolts for much of the period.

The Preds had a chance to put a 3rd power play goal on the board in the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t muster much of anything on Domingue. Then, after some back and forth play at even strength, Nick Bonino headed to the box for tripping with about seven minutes left. The Preds killed the penalty without too much trouble.

A late goal by Steven Stamkos (it was pretty sick, too) tied the game at 3-3. Then in overtime, despite a couple chances for the Preds at the other end, Yanni Gourde ends up tucking in the game winning goal on a wide open net thanks to—once again—a turnover by Arvidsson.

The game can turn on you in a split second. The Preds did a lot of good tonight, but also a lot of bad. A day to recover and prepare for the next one.

Random Observations

  • Interesting lineup tonight. The Preds are of course without Forsberg, plus they go with Juuse Saros in net. Then for the Lightning, Mikhail Sergachev got healthy scratched and Louis Domingue is in net.
  • Holy moly, Johansen just got robbed. Craig Smith with one of the sickest plays I’ve seen him make to backhand a pass on the back door, but Domingue was right there with the pads.
  • But Craig Smith races past the defense and gets a power play chance. Nice!
  • BOOM! Ellis ties it. Which is good, because Domingue had 2-3 more crazy saves right before that.
  • The Preds are really buzzing, despite the bad turnover that led to the Bolts goal.
  • Jarnkrok scores! No, wait Arvidsson scores! Ahhh and now the Lightning score. This is craziness on ice.
  • It is 2-2 and shots are 14-7 Preds and it feels like it should be like 5-2 Preds but it could also be like 4-2 Lightning maybe.
  • The Preds are really not getting anything going since that 2nd goal. Hardly any pressure on the Lightning, mostly because Tampa has all the pressure on the Nashville defense. They are owning possession.
  • Kevin Fiala has not been great tonight. At least three offensive zone turnovers, by my count. Looks off.
  • The net was pretty much wide open. The result? Two cross ice passes by the Preds. ARGHHH.
  • SUBBAN!!!! On the power play. And it’s called a good goal after the goalie interference challenge by Cooper.
  • Can’t decide if the Preds are turtling or just not being good at offense. Probably both.
  • Really great defensive setup on that penalty kill. The forwards played the passes perfectly and the Lightning had no where to go.
  • Good lord, Stamkos.
  • Overtime.
  • YUCK. That was horrible.

Super Duper Stars of the Night

  1. Ellis/Josi: This pairing only helped with one goal, but they did an incredible job all night at generating possession.
  2. Saros: I don’t know if any of those goals were his fault. Maybe the 2nd? But even that was a 2-on-1. And his 27 saves were all crucial.
  3. Subban: A nice power play goal and once again managed to make Emelin look good.

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