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Preds Come Back Again, Beat Lightning in Overtime

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Roman Josi tied it; Ryan Ellis won it.

Nashville’s top defensive pair combined to give the Predators a 3-2 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. The victory boosts Nashville’s win streak to three games, and two power-play goals on the night – with a third that came just after another man advantage had expired – gave the Preds their seventh win in 11 tries.

It was the first time this season the Preds have scored two power-play goals in a single game, and goaltender Juuse Saros also collected his first win on the campaign, a well-earned victory for the Nashville netminder.

“We’ve kind of struggled in front of [Saros] and left him out to dry at times, so it was about time we put a full 60 minutes in front of him,” Ellis said. “Tonight, he made some saves and got rewarded and won the game.”

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Nashville’s first marker on the man advantage came in the first period, and it was Calle Jarnkrok who fired a shot off of a Lightning defender and behind goaltender Curtis McElhinney to give the Preds a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Tampa Bay scored twice in the second stanza with goals from Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson, but just as they have so many times already this season, the Preds found a way to even things up in the third period.

With less than six minutes to play in regulation, Preds Captain Roman Josi blasted a shot from the point that found a way through traffic and tied the game at 2-2.

“Both units were moving it really well tonight,” Ellis said of the power play. “[Josi’s] unit was moving really well, a big goal at the end for that unit. It’s the timely ones that matter, and we got the two points.

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In the extra session, it was Ellis who walked in and snapped a shot to the top corner to send the visitors home happy.

Josi ultimately finished the night with a goal and two assists for his first three-point game of the season, an impressive showing from the captain with both Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg out of the lineup with lower-body injuries.

Saros made 28 saves in total, and the Preds extended their winning streak in Tampa Bay to four games.

Overall, the Preds have now earned a point in 12 straight (10-0-2) and 15 of their last 16 games (12-1-2) against the Lightning. It’s their longest active regular-season point streak against a single opponent.

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Forward Matt Duchene missed Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. Filip Forsberg also remained out of the lineup with a lower-body injury as well. Duchene did participate in the morning skate on Saturday, and Forsberg has resumed skating on his own as well.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Nashville recalled forward Anthony Richard from AHL Milwaukee. Richard skated in his second-career NHL game and posted two shots.

The Preds will now return to Nashville to begin another three-game homestand, and it starts on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena with the Chicago Blackhawks in town (at 7 p.m. CT).

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