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Tocchet gets first win as Lightning coach, 4-1 over Predators

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TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier had two goals to help Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet get his first NHL victory in the Lightning's 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Mark Recchi and Vinny Prospal also scored to help the Lightning snap a five-game losing streak. Tocchet, who replaced the fired Barry Melrose on Nov. 14, lost his first two games as Tampa Bay's coach in shootouts.

Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone returned after missing the previous four games because of a lower-body injury and had three assists. However, he left in the second with an undisclosed injury.

Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville. The Predators are winless in five games at Tampa Bay since a 3-0 win over the Lightning on March 24, 1999.

Nashville captain Jason Arnott was in the starting lineup just four days after an on-ice collision Monday night that resulted in a neck strain.

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with a rebound goal during a power play at 4:57 of the first. He made it 2-0 from the slot just over two minutes later.

After Tootoo scored at 10:40, Tampa Bay went ahead 3-1 on Recchi's goal with 7:43 left in the first. Recchi has 1,394 points, which ties him for 19th place on the NHL's career list with Luc Robitaille.

Prospal extended the Lightning's advantage to 4-1 at 6:32 of the second.

Tampa Bay rookie centre Steven Stamkos had two assists. The first overall pick in this year's draft has assisted on three goals in the past two games after failing to record a point in eight straight games.

Martin St. Louis, who set up Lecavalier's second goal, appeared to get cut near the left eye by the puck in the first period and left the game. He returned for the start of the second.

Notes: Tampa Bay C Chris Gratton (lower body) and LW Gary Roberts (upper body) didn't play. D Lukas Krajicek left the game with an undisclosed injury ... Tootoo stopped a personal 10-game goal drought.

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