The Fangover: Preds struck by Lightning in 4-2 loss

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback got the best of his former club Thursday night, stopping twenty-one of twenty-three shots in a 4-2 victory. The 2008 Predators draft pick improves to 3-6-1 in his eleventh appearance on the year.

The scoring opened 2:25 into the game with Alek Killlorn taking advantage of the plentiful space the Predators provided him at the top of the circle and wristing one buy Carter Hutton. With fifty-four seconds remaining in the first period, Martin St. Louis scored his fourteenth of the season on the power play.

A slow opening period for Nashville thankfully ended after being utterly dominated offensively, despite putting eight shots on Lindback. However, they woke up in the second period and outshot Tampa Bay, 13-7. Unfortunately, they traded off goals, to no help to the Predators.

Craig Smith scored the only two goals for Nashville at 6:36 and on the power play at 13:02. Teddy Purcell scored as the late man on the rush, backdoor, with 11:33 remaining. At 13:51, Richard Panik re-gained the two goal lead with a deflection from Eric Brewer's shot from the point. 

Panik's goal was the last shot seen by Hutton Thursday night, as he was pulled, stopping just ten of the fourteen shots he faced. Coming in relief was Marek Mazanec, who was ill Tuesday night. Mazanec appeared unphased by the sickness that kept him out of the lineup, stopping all fifteen shots that came his way.

Postgame Thoughts

– Nashville was getting abused all night with the Tampa Bay's trailing man on the rush. They would have the Predators collapse low, leaving the third forward breaking in towards the slot. Thaty is how Teddy Purcell scored his goal, but also how a few other Lightning forwards created their chances. 

– After two straight losses and giving up seven goals in two games, is Carter Hutton the starter Saturday night against Montreal? Coming in for relief of Hutton was Marek Mazanec, who made all fifteen saves. Does Trotz go with the "hot netminder" against the Habs? I believe Trotz will (or at least should) give Mazanec the nod to redeem himself.

– Scratching Colin Wilson was a surprise, but you could also have seen this coming. Trotz was talking about certain players who weren't buying into the system prior to puck drop. It is likely those comments were about Wilson, who appears to have found himelf in the doghouse once again in his career. Yes, Wilson played crappy Tuesday against Chicago, but personally, I would rather have a mediocre Wilson than a Rich Clune on any day of the week. 

Scoring Summary

TBL – 1-0 | Alex Killorn – Hedman and Cote at 2:25 in the 1st

TBL – 2-0 | PP Martin St. Louis – Salo and Killorn at 19:06 in the 1st

NSH – 2-1 | Craig Smith – Cullen and Weber at 6:36 in the 2nd

TBL – 3-1 | Teddy Purcell – Filppula and Carle at 8:27 in the 2nd

NSH – 3-2 | PP Craig Smith (2) – Cullen (2) and Ellis at 13:02 in the 2nd

TBL – 4-2 | Richard Panik – Brewer and Sustr at 13:51 in the 2nd

Goaltending Stats

NSH: Carter Hutton (L) – 10 saves on 14 shots; played 33:51

Marek Mazanec – 15 saves on 15 shots; played 23:37

TBL: Anders Lindback (W) –  21 saves on 23 shots; played 59:27

My Three Stars

1. Alex Killorn: Goal & Assist

2. Craig Smith: 2 Goals

3. Matt Cullen: 2 Assist

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Wilson and Ekholm

Predators starters: Spaling, Legwand, Hornqvist, Weber, Josi and Hutton

Lightning scratches: Barberio and Labrie

Lightning starters: Filppula, Killorn, Purcell, Gudas, Carle and Lindback 

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – TBL

Faceoffs Report