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Bolts earn point but fall to Preds in OT

Tampa Bay couldn't make a third period lead stand up as they suffer a 3-2 overtime defeat to Nashville on Saturday

by Jacob Lynn /

Like much of the Lightning's start to the 2019-2020 season, Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Predators had its ups and downs

For most of the second and third periods, the Lightning dominated play and had their way with the Preds. On the other hand, too many penalties continued to be an issue and ultimately the Bolts couldn't make a third period lead stand up.

In the end, Ryan Ellis' goal just over three minutes into overtime was the dagger in a 3-2 loss to Nashville at Amalie Arena on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay trailed by a goal through 20 minutes after an unlucky bounce broke the ice for the Predators. With the Bolts killing off a tripping penalty, Calle Jarnkrok fired a shot from above the left circle that deflected off Erik Cernak's stick on the ice and past Curtis McElhinney.

Tampa Bay's second period was arguably its best 20-minute stretch of the season so far.

The Bolts scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the period to take a 2-1 lead. Steven Stamkos was first on the board, scoring on a power play just 32 seconds in. Nine minutes later Tyler Johnson picked up a loose puck in the slot and roofed his shot over Juuse Saros to give the Lightning the lead.

Although Tampa Bay couldn't break through for more than the two goals in the second, the Bolts carried play throughout the period. The Bolts outshot the Preds 15-12 in the period and applied heavy pressure on Saros down the stretch.

Tampa Bay's inability to add to the lead would come back to bite them, as Nashville rallied to force overtime with a late third period goal.

Roman Josi tied the game at two with a power play goal with less than five minutes to play in regulation. Josi made an impressive play to knock a Lightning clearing attempt out of the air with his stick and then fired a shot from the point that beat McElhinney through traffic in front. 

Tampa Bay's aggressiveness in overtime proved costly, as the Bolts were slapped with a too many men on the ice penalty early in the extra frame when a fourth player jumped over the boards as a scoring chance developed. Although the Lightning killed off the penalty, a failed clearing attempt as time expired on the man advantage led to a breakdown in coverage and space for Ellis to wire home the game-winner.

McElhinney once again deserved better in goal for Tampa Bay. Making his third start of the year, McElhinney made 37 saves but saw his record fall to 0-1-2.

The Bolts now begin a two week stretch of heavy travel. Tampa Bay will fly to New York for a stretch of three-games in four nights before traveling to Sweden for the 2019 NHL Global Series games against the Sabres. The Bolts won't play at home again until November 14 when they host the Rangers.  

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NSH | 14:24 Calle Jarnkrok (3) - Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen - PPG

2nd Period
TBL | 0:32 Steven Stamkos (5) - Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov - PPG
TBL | 9:25 Tyler Johnson (3) - Brayden Point, Victor Hedman

3rd Period
NSH | 14:47 Roman Josi (5) - Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen - PPG

NSH | 3:15 Ryan Ellis (2) - Roman Josi, Colton Sissons

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