Kucherov scores in OT to lift Lightning past Predators 3-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After giving up the lead midway through the third period, the Tampa Bay Lightning stuck with it and pulled out a needed win in overtime.

Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:35 of the extra period to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots as the Lightning snapped a three-game skid.

''We had to find a way to close out some games,'' Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. ''But for us to battle back and get the two points, it's a Western Conference team, so we're not as worried about giving up that extra point. The boys have deserved this. We've played some pretty good hockey here.''

Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville, which has lost three of its last four. Pekka Rinne finished with 28 saves.

''It's a tough loss,'' Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ''You battle back and you kill some penalties at the end, you get yourself in a position for overtime, so I think the loss is tough. You want to walk away with that second point.''

In overtime, Steven Stamkos found Kucherov with a backdoor pass, where he had an easy tap-in past Rinne.

''I just got open for (Stamkos) and he found my stick and I got lucky,'' Kucherov said.

Turris, who had been a healthy scratch the last seven games, tied the score 2-2 at 9:51 of the third on a power-play goal.

''I felt great,'' Turris said. ''I felt like I played the exact same game I would have played if I didn't sit seven straight games. I'm playing hockey and I'm playing my game and that's all I'm going to do.''

Hedman scored the game's first goal at 7:46 of the opening period. After taking a pass from Stamkos, Hedman took a slap shot from the high slot that deflected off of the stick of Nashville's Craig Smith and beat Rinne just underneath the crossbar.

The goal was one of just three Lightning shots in the first. Nashville countered with 13.

Jarnkrok tied it at 6:13 of the second. In the left circle, Turris won a faceoff back to Jarnkrok, who fanned on his initial shot attempt. After gathering the puck in the high slot, Jarnkrok beat Vasilevskiy with a wrist shot.

The tie was short lived as Palat connected on a one-timer 31 seconds later off of a pass from Kucherov.

Midway through the second, the Lightning had a full five-minute power play after Nashville's Ryan Johansen was given a major for elbowing and a game misconduct after he hit Brayden Point in the Nashville zone. Tampa only managed one shot on goal during the power play.

''We didn't get frustrated there when things weren't as pretty with the play, but our guys stuck with it and it was great to see us be rewarded tonight,'' Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said.

NOTES: The Predators have earned at least a point in their last 13 against Tampa Bay (10-0-3). ... Nashville C Mikael Granlund did not play due to a lower-body injury. He's listed as day-to-day. ... NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano attended the game. ... Kucherov extended his point streak to six games. Vasilevskiy earned his first victory against the Predators. He's not 1-3-1 in his career against Nashville.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host Minnesota on Thursday night.

Predators: Host New Jersey on Saturday.

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123OTT
TB13-9-3
11013
NSH12-10-5
01102
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00030/0216:071
A. Cirelli C00126/3022:430
Y. Gourde RW00010/0017:162
V. Hedman D10220/0023:411
T. Johnson LW01121/4015:410
M. Joseph RW00-110/0009:330
N. Kucherov RW11230/0221:420
P. Maroon LW00020/0013:182
R. McDonagh D00000/0021:191
O. Palat LW10120/1022:531
C. Paquette C00026/7413:284
B. Point C00128/8020:480
J. Rutta D00-100/0010:510
L. Schenn D00000/0510:251
M. Sergachev D01010/0019:410
K. Shattenkirk D01220/0016:001
S. Stamkos C021610/9019:083
C. Verhaeghe C00-100/0205:190
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Bonino C00-205/10216:440
D. Carr RW00030/0011:341
M. Duchene C00028/3018:401
M. Ekholm D01-140/0024:581
R. Ellis D01-120/0026:121
D. Fabbro D00-110/0218:080
F. Forsberg LW00010/0020:430
R. Grimaldi LW00-220/1015:240
D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:570
M. Irwin D00010/0006:481
C. Jarnkrok LW10020/4022:350
R. Johansen C00011/21509:200
R. Josi D00050/0027:391
M. Olivier RW00020/0207:343
C. Sissons C00016/7018:591
C. Smith RW00-110/0014:201
K. Turris C110312/4015:420
A. Watson RW00010/0510:143
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)3223062:35
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)32
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Rinne (L)3132862:10
GOALIESSA
P. Rinne (L)31
GOAL Nikita Kucherov , Assists: Steven Stamkos and Mikhail Sergachev
TB:GoalsShots
NSH:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • TB
      02:35GOAL Nikita Kucherov , Assists: Steven Stamkos and Mikhail Sergachev
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      09:51(PP) GOAL Kyle Turris (Slap shot), Assists: Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TB
      06:44GOAL Ondrej Palat (Wrist shot), Assists: Nikita Kucherov and Kevin Shattenkirk
    • NSH
      06:13GOAL Calle Jarnkrok (Wrist shot), Assist: Kyle Turris
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • TB
      07:46GOAL Victor Hedman (Slap shot), Assists: Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson
PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • NSH
        16:03Nick Bonino penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • TB
        13:01Cedric Paquette penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • NSH
        13:01Dante Fabbro penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • TB
        13:01Cedric Paquette penalty Roughing - 2 min., served by Pat Maroon
      • TB
        07:59Erik Cernak penalty Illegal Check To Head - 2 min.
      • NSH
        04:01Mathieu Olivier penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NSH
        09:10Ryan Johansen penalty Game Misconduct - 10 min.
      • NSH
        09:10Ryan Johansen penalty - 5 min., served by Daniel Carr
      • NSH
        02:53Austin Watson penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • TB
        02:53Luke Schenn penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • TB
        13.0Nikita Kucherov penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • TB
        11:27Carter Verhaeghe penalty Interference - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    TB
    NSH
    Shots on Goal3132
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins3132
    Penalties66
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    TB
    Shots on Goal31
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins31
    Penalties6
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
    123OTT
    TB13-9-3
    11013
    NSH12-10-5
    01102
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    E. Cernak D00030/0216:071
    A. Cirelli C00126/3022:430
    Y. Gourde RW00010/0017:162
    V. Hedman D10220/0023:411
    T. Johnson LW01121/4015:410
    M. Joseph RW00-110/0009:330
    N. Kucherov RW11230/0221:420
    P. Maroon LW00020/0013:182
    R. McDonagh D00000/0021:191
    O. Palat LW10120/1022:531
    C. Paquette C00026/7413:284
    B. Point C00128/8020:480
    J. Rutta D00-100/0010:510
    L. Schenn D00000/0510:251
    M. Sergachev D01010/0019:410
    K. Shattenkirk D01220/0016:001
    S. Stamkos C021610/9019:083
    C. Verhaeghe C00-100/0205:190
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Bonino C00-205/10216:440
    D. Carr RW00030/0011:341
    M. Duchene C00028/3018:401
    M. Ekholm D01-140/0024:581
    R. Ellis D01-120/0026:121
    D. Fabbro D00-110/0218:080
    F. Forsberg LW00010/0020:430
    R. Grimaldi LW00-220/1015:240
    D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:570
    M. Irwin D00010/0006:481
    C. Jarnkrok LW10020/4022:350
    R. Johansen C00011/21509:200
    R. Josi D00050/0027:391
    M. Olivier RW00020/0207:343
    C. Sissons C00016/7018:591
    C. Smith RW00-110/0014:201
    K. Turris C110312/4015:420
    A. Watson RW00010/0510:143
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Vasilevskiy (W)3223062:35
    GOALIESSA
    A. Vasilevskiy (W)32
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    P. Rinne (L)3132862:10
    GOALIESSA
    P. Rinne (L)31
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123OTT
    TB13-9-3
    11013
    NSH12-10-5
    01102
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    E. Cernak D00030/0216:071
    A. Cirelli C00126/3022:430
    Y. Gourde RW00010/0017:162
    V. Hedman D10220/0023:411
    T. Johnson LW01121/4015:410
    M. Joseph RW00-110/0009:330
    N. Kucherov RW11230/0221:420
    P. Maroon LW00020/0013:182
    R. McDonagh D00000/0021:191
    O. Palat LW10120/1022:531
    C. Paquette C00026/7413:284
    B. Point C00128/8020:480
    J. Rutta D00-100/0010:510
    L. Schenn D00000/0510:251
    M. Sergachev D01010/0019:410
    K. Shattenkirk D01220/0016:001
    S. Stamkos C021610/9019:083
    C. Verhaeghe C00-100/0205:190
    Total3603131/3215-17
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Bonino C00-205/10216:440
    D. Carr RW00030/0011:341
    M. Duchene C00028/3018:401
    M. Ekholm D01-140/0024:581
    R. Ellis D01-120/0026:121
    D. Fabbro D00-110/0218:080
    F. Forsberg LW00010/0020:430
    R. Grimaldi LW00-220/1015:240
    D. Hamhuis D00000/0012:570
    M. Irwin D00010/0006:481
    C. Jarnkrok LW10020/4022:350
    R. Johansen C00011/21509:200
    R. Josi D00050/0027:391
    M. Olivier RW00020/0207:343
    C. Sissons C00016/7018:591
    C. Smith RW00-110/0014:201
    K. Turris C110312/4015:420
    A. Watson RW00010/0510:143
    Total2303232/3126-14
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Vasilevskiy (W)3223062:35
    GOALIESSA
    A. Vasilevskiy (W)32
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    P. Rinne (L)3132862:10
    GOALIESSA
    P. Rinne (L)31
    GOALS
    • OVERTIME
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • OVERTIME
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123OTT
      TB13-9-3
      11013
      NSH12-10-5
      01102
      All times are US/Eastern.