Silver linings in road trip ending loss.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss. Things could've gotten out of hand were it not for several quality stops from Ben.
4:25 NSH Arvidsson (6), (Josi, Ellis)
9:55 NSH Subban (4), (Ellis, Ribiero)(PP)
12:35 NSH Subban (5), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)
19:10 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov, Hedman)
It wasn't like Nashville ran the Lightning out of the rink, and with a couple of bounces Tampa Bay could've stolen some points from this one. But, on the 5th game of a road trip with a depleted lineup against a quality team, the Predators obviously carried the balance of the play. They staked themselves to the early lead and controlled pretty much the entire First Period. Tampa Bay made a nice push back in the Second Period, but once they started getting into the box midway through the frame Nashville got the power play goals they needed to put the game away.
All of that was really subtext though for a game that was ultimately marred by some pretty borderline dirty play. I guess that's what they do out in the Western Conference, whether it be slashing guys in the ribs behind the play or crosschecking a guy into the dasher boards to bloody him. You really began to lose track of the number of times Nashville stepped over the line in this game before J.T. Brown finally took the law into his own hands by first destroying Roman Josi with his head down behind the net on one play and later losing his mind and pummeling Ryan Ellis half to death for elbowing him from behind about 4 minutes thereafter. Sprinkle in some big hits from the likes of Cedric Paquette and you can point to, at least, a quality physical response from the team even if they didn't get the result on the scoreboard. That's a teambuilding win, in a way, that you can treat like a silver lining.
Tampa Bay finishes the second 10-game segment of the year at 25 points, meaning they're 1 point ahead of the pace they needed to be on track for the playoffs. On to the next one: 12 in 10, do it again.
Brayden Point had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:32.
Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:27.