NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Nashville
(Thursday, February 5th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Nashville 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Tim Taylor recorded a goal and an assist, as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators, 5-2, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, Pavel Kubina and Ben Clymer also scored for the Lightning, who have lost just once in regulation in the last 10 games (7-1-0-2). Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots between the pipes for Southeast Division-leading Tampa.
Denis Arkhipov scored the two goals for the Predators, with Martin Erat and Vladimir Orszagh recording assists on both. Tomas Vokoun, who will represent the Predators in this weekend's NHL All-Star Game, stopped 24-of-28 shots he faced, as Nashville fell for the second straight game.
"There were more of their guys being productive at the top of their lineup than we had," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "Our penalty kill did not get it done."
Tampa got on the board first nearly 14 minutes into the game on Richards' 13th of the year. Cory Stillman blasted a shot from the point that deflected off a defenseman in front, and out to Richards at the left of the net. Richards lifted the puck on the backhand over a sliding Vokoun, who was scrambling to get back into position.
Two quick second-period goals gave Tampa a 3-0 lead a little over five minutes into the second. Boyle and Kubina scored only 2:01 apart to give the Lightning a seemingly commanding lead.
"We had everybody contributing and Pavel Kubina has been tremendous all year," Tampa captain Dave Andreychuk said.
Kubina has nine power play goals, tied for the league lead in power play goals among defensemen.
Nashville got its two goals from Arkhipov back-to-back in a 2:38 span of the second period. At the 12:27 mark, Erat collected the rebound of an Orszagh shot toward the back of the net and carried the puck out to the right faceoff circle. He threw a shot on net that trickled behind Khabibulin, and Arkhipov swept in to stuff it home to cut the Predators' deficit to two.
Arkhipov then make it a 3-2 game when he took a pass from Erat and cruised down the right side of the zone. He deked left, and slid a soft shot through the five-hole of Khabibulin for the score.
The Lightning re-established a two-goal lead with 38 seconds left in the second when Clymer accepted pass from Stillman and carried into the zone on the left wing. He put a shot on net, which was stopped, but he squeezed the rebound underneath Vokoun's pads to make it 4-2.
Nashville had a chance to tie it late in the third, when Taylor was sent off for a questionable interference call. The Predators got several good chances on Khabibulin, and pulled the goaltender for the final 15 seconds of the man- advantage.
But Khabibulin was equal to the task, and kicked Nashville's final shot of the power play out toward mid-ice, where Taylor hopped out of the penalty box and scored into the empty net.
Nashville has lost two in a row at the Gaylord Entertainment Center since a franchise-record tying 11-game home unbeaten streak (9-2-2)...Taylor recorded the second assist on Clymer's goal for his 400th career NHL point...The Lightning are 3-1-1 in the last five overall matchups against the Predators...Vokoun has allowed seven goals on 39 shots (.821 save percentage) over his last two games...Stillman had three assists...Arkhipov did not score in the months of December and January...Kubina is tied in power play goals with defenseman Dan Tarnstrom of Pittsburgh.
02/05 23:10:14 ET