Gourde's overtime winner leads Lightning past Predators, 4-3

By AP,
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Yanni Gourde scored 1:45 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists, and Vladislav Namestnikov and Steven Stamkos also scored as Tampa Bay won its second straight. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.

Ryan Ellis, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban scored for Nashville, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Juuse Saros finished with 27 saves.

Stamkos tied the score 3-3 on a slap shot from the left side with 2:12 remaining in regulation.

In the overtime, Gourde stripped the puck from Arvidsson in the low slot and passed to Namestnikov, who found Gourde at the back door for an easy tap-in winner behind Saros.

The teams combined for four goals in a span of 4:24 midway through the first period.

Kunitz scored the game’s first goal at 6:24 of the opening period set up by an atrocious defensive zone turnover by Viktor Arvidsson.

Ellis answered 1:04 later on the power play, when he hammered home a one-timer from the high slot off of a pass from Roman Josi.

Arvidsson put Nashville ahead 2-1 at 9:11 of the first. It took some time for Arvidsson to get credit for the goal. His shot hit Domingue’s stick and came back into play. Calle Jarnkrok appeared to score 22 seconds later for Nashville, but a short video review determined that the puck completely crossed the goal line on Arvidsson’s shot and he was credited with the goal. The clock was reset to the time of Arvidsson’s shot, and Jarnkrok’s goal disappeared.

Namestnikov tied it at 2 at 10:48 of the first. Stamkos carried the puck into the Nashville zone on the right side and slid a pass to Namestnikov all alone in the low slot, where he had an easy tap-in past Saros for his 16th goal of the season.

The teams went nearly the entire second period without a goal, but Subban’s tally with 48.2 seconds remaining gave Nashville a 3-2 lead. Subban beat Domingue with a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle. Tampa Bay challenged the goal, thinking that Arvidsson impeded Domingue’s ability to stop the shot, but officials upheld the goal.

NOTES: Former Predators forward and Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Kariya attended the game and dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff. ... Nashville had defeated the Lightning six consecutive times at home. ... Tampa Bay is 3-4-1 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. ... Stamkos has scored in three consecutive games played against Nashville.

UP NEXT:

Lightning: At Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Predators: At New Jersey on Thursday night.