A clutch shot from forward James Neal helped the Nashville Predators widen their lead in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the top regular-season team in the NHL.
Neal came up big on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena when he scored with 33 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Following a turnover near center ice, Nashville defenseman Roman Josi found Neal breaking toward the Lightning net. Neal skated past Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy through the five-hole with a wrist shot from the left circle.
"At that point, I'm trying to get to the net as quickly as possible and I'm not worried about the clock," Neal told The Associated Press. "Josi made a great play up the middle to spring me and threw it up with a bit of speed there, and I got it off quick."
Thanks to Neal, who scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season, Nashville moved three points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks and four ahead of the Lightning for the League's best regular-season record.