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game recap

Connolly scores twice as Lightning roll

Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:35 AM
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Connolly scores twice as Lightning roll
Nashville Predators 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Brett Connolly
1st
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 14:57
Steven Stamkos
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:16
Victor Hedman
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:42

Tampa Bay got a pair of goals from 2010 first-round pick Brett Connolly and one from Steven Stamkos to win at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Connolly and Ondrej Palat gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old. Stamkos gave the Lightning a three-goal lead before Connolly scored again at 18:41 of the second period by weaving his way through a pair of defenders and beating Carter Hutton, who allowed four goals on 17 shots in two periods.

Connolly, the sixth player taken in '10, is battling for one of the open roster spots after spending last season in the minors.

"I saw two goal-scorer's goals," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, "and we saw a lot of that in the second half of last year [in the American Hockey League]. He's [been] doing it in camp, and been doing well."

Matt Cullen's shorthanded goal against Cedrick Desjardins 46 seconds into the third period was the Predators' only offense. Richard Panik added a late goal for the Lightning.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:41
TBL
Brett Connolly (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (1)
1 - 0 TBL
06:51
TBL
Ondrej Palat (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:44
TBL
Steven Stamkos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Luke Witkowski (1)
3 - 0 TBL
18:41
TBL
Brett Connolly (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (2), Andrej Sustr (1)
4 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
00:46
NSH
SHG - Matt Cullen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 TBL
02:03
TBL
PPG - Richard Panik (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Nikita Kucherov (1), Matt Taormina (1)
5 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
15:44
TBL
Luke Witkowski  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Austin Watson
2nd Period
11:00
NSH
Shea Weber  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Malone
16:50
NSH
Shea Weber  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tanner Richard
16:50
TBL
Tanner Richard  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Shea Weber
3rd Period
00:31
NSH
Mike Fisher  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Malone
05:52
TBL
 Elbowing  - 2 min against  Colin Wilson
09:23
TBL
Nikita Kucherov  Holding  - 2 min against  Filip Forsberg
11:38
TBL
Geoff Walker  Too many men on the ice  - 2 min
goalie stats
Carter Hutton
SA: 17TOI: 40:00
GA: 4SV%: .765
Marek Mazanec
SA: 4TOI: 20:00
GA: 1SV%: .750
Cedrick Desjardins
SA: 17TOI: 29:00
GA: 1SV%: .941
Riku Helenius
SA: 15TOI: 30:43
GA: 0SV%: 1.000