Ryan Ellis tied the game late in the second period, but Tampa Bay broke through in the third to ultimately top the Nashville Predators, 5-2, on Saturday night in preseason action at Amalie Arena.
Two empty-net tallies for the home team make the score look worse than it was, however. It was a game the Predators felt could have gone either way, and they say there was still plenty to like, all things considered.
"The guys played hard tonight, and the result was unfortunate," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We fight back to 2-2, and we give up that 4-on-4 goal, that was tough… But we brought a lot of young guys in the lineup and different players, and I thought they played hard tonight."
"For having to get off the plane and come play a game, I thought this group came out and worked really hard," Ellis said. "There's not much more you can ask for than working hard... I thought we played a very good game for the most part, and sometimes it just doesn't go your way."