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Smith, Beck, Bourque Lead Preds to Rookie Game Win Over Tampa Bay

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
Photo by Sasha Machel
 Game Highlights
Craig Smith scored four goals, including a natural hat trick in a 8:03 span covering the end of the first period and start to the second period, as the Nashville Predators rookies picked up a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning rookie squad on Monday night in Coral Springs, Florida.

Nashville's line of Smith with Taylor Beck and Gabriel Bourque was dominant, combining to contribute five goals and eight assists on the night. Beck opened the game's scoring 10 seconds in the first period and notched the primary assist on three of Smith's four goals on the game. Bourque dished out four assists on the night. Smith complimented his four goals with an assist on Smith's goal.

The Lightning tied the game 1-1 midway through the first period and then Smith countered 3:14 later to put the Preds rookies up for good. Smith added two more goals early in the second frame and Nashville went into the second intermission up 4-2. Smith, Brent Andrews, and Austin Watson added third period goals before Tampa Bay closed out the scoring late.

Chet Pickard and Atte Engren split the action in net for Nashville. Pickard drew the starting assignment and stopped 20-of-22 shots before giving way to Engren mid-way through the second period. Engren closed with 20 saves on 21 shots.

The Preds rookies return to action tomorrow afternoon against the Florida Panthers rookie.
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