Prospal's OT Goal Lifts Lightning Over Predators

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vaclav Prospal scored at 58 seconds of overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

The win was Tampa's sixth straight road victory after starting off the season 3-14-3 away from the St. Pete Times Forum.

On the game-winner, Brad Richards fired a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that was stopped by Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis. Prospal was standing just to the right of Ellis, and was able to send the rebound between the goaltender's pads for his 23rd goal of the season.

Alexander Radulov broke a scoreless tie at 12:37 of the first period, scoring his 21st goal with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that sailed over the glove of Tampa Bay goaltender Johan Holmqvist.

Radulov and his linemates Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont have combined to score seven of Nashville's past 13 goals.

Tampa's top line of Richards, Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis evened the score at 13:09 of the second period.

St. Louis' deflection of a Lecavalier pass was stopped by Ellis, but the rebound ended up to the left of the net. Richards skated in and poked the puck past a diving Ellis.

The Predators were 0-for-2 on the power play. They have scored just one power-play goal in their past six games, going 1-for-21 over the stretch.

Tampa Bay entered the game with the sixth-best power play in the NHL, but were 0-for-1 in the game. They spent just 49 seconds on their one power play before it was negated by a Dan Boyle hooking penalty that broke up a potential short-handed breakaway by Nashville's Martin Gelinas. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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