Hornqvist lifts Predators past Lightning 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Facing an early deficit, Nashville turned the game around with its power play.

Patric Hornqvist scored with the man-advantage at 13:56 of the third period to lift the Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also scored power-play goals to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak.

The three man-advantage goals were a season high for the Predators. Nashville entered Thursday with the NHL's seventh-best power play.

"The power play was really huge, but our 5-on-5 play was strong," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We gave up seven shots in the last two periods and that includes a couple of power plays that they had."

Martin St. Louis had both goals for the Lightning, losers of three of their last four.

With time winding down in the final period, Hornqvist collected the rebound of Mike Fisher's shot and slipped it by Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop.

"It hit the heel of my stick, and then I don't know if I got a whack on it on the rebound, too," Hornqvist said. "It's nice to see that it finally went in. That's how I have to play every single night to be effective."

St. Louis opened the scoring at 5:26 of the first period.

Ondrej Palat carried the puck from the left boards into the slot, where he sent a backhand off the left post. St. Louis was parked in front of the Nashville goal to tap home the rebound.

Less than four minutes later, St. Louis struck again.

With the Lightning on a power play, St. Louis' wrist shot from the right faceoff dot hit Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton in the chest, fell to the ice, and trickled across the goal line.

Hutton is 7-2-2 in his last 11 games.