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Lightning snap skid with OT win over Preds

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winner in overtime to give the Bolts a 3-2 win over Nashville on Tuesday

by Jacob Lynn / TampaBayLightning.com

Nikita Kucherov scored midway through the overtime period to lift the Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Predators on Tuesday night.

The win snaps Tampa Bay's three-game losing streak and gives them a split of the regular season series against Nashville.

The Lightning struck first despite dealing with heavy pressure from the Predators for most of the first period. Tampa Bay ended up being outshot 13-3 in the first 20 minutes but took a lead into intermission after Victor Hedman scored with a shot from the point eight minutes into the game.

Video: TBL@NSH: Hedman finds twine with deflected slap shot

Calle Jarnkrok drew the Predators even six minutes into the second period with his 10th goal of the year. Jarnkrok collected the puck after a faceoff win and quickly fired a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

It took Tampa Bay only 31 seconds to retake the lead. Ondrej Palat took advantage of Pekka Rinne being out of position to give the Lightning a 2-1 advantage. The play began with a shot from the point that Rinne stopped but left the rebound right on the stick of Nikita Kucherov. All of the Preds, including Rinne, were drawn to Kucherov who found Palat wide open at the top of the slot to fire the puck into a basically empty net.

Tampa Bay had a great chance to add to their lead when Ryan Johansen was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing on Brayden Point in the second.Tampa Bay never really got set up on the ensuing power play and wasted the opportunity.

The penalty kill helped the Predators turn momentum and they took advantage of a power play of their own to tie the game midway through the third period. It was Kyle Turris firing a one-timed shot past Vasilevskiy from the circle after a cross-ice feed from Mattias Ekholm.

In overtime, the Lightning had the majority of the possession and Kucherov ended up scoring the game-winner at 2:35. Kucherov got positioning at the far post and deflected home a pass from Steven Stamkos to secure both points for Tampa Bay.

Video: TBL@NSH: Kucherov tips in feed from Stamkos in OT

Kucherov led the way offensively for the Bolts, collecting two points to extend his personal points streak to six games. Vasilevskiy was also sharp in net, making 29 saves on the night.

The Bolts return home to open a three-game homestand that begins on Thursday against the Wild.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 7:46 Victor Hedman (5) - Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson

2nd Period
NSH | 6:13 Calle Jarnkrok (10) - Kyle Turris
TBL | 6:44 Ondrej Palat (9) - Nikita Kucherov, Kevin Shattenkirk

3rd Period
NSH | 9:51 Kyle Turris (5) - Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis - PPG

Overtime
TBL | 2:35 Nikita Kucherov (10) - Steven Stamkos, Mikhail Sergachev

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