NHL Game Night: 12-3-19 Lightning at Predators

Lightning OT master class claims two crucial road points.

TB-3
NSH-2 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
7:46 TB Hedman (5), (Stamkos, Johnson)

Second Period
6:13 NSH Jarnkrok (10), (Turris)
6:44 TB Palat (9), (Kucherov, Shattenkirk)

Third Period
9:51 NSH Turris (5), (Ekholm, Ellis)(PP)

Overtime
2:35 TB Kucherov (10), (Stamkos, Sergachev)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's first star.

The Lightning tried to piddle this one down the leg pretty hard, wasting a full major penalty and several other golden opportunities to take this one in regulation on the power play. However, putting that aside, they got good goaltending tonight and they absolutely put on a master class in possession in Overtime by controlling the puck for pretty much the full duration of OT before tying a bow on it with a tap in finish by Kucherov.

I would be unsurprised to see Erik Cernak go right back on suspension for an uncalled elbow in the Third Period of tonight's contest.

It's really hard to understate how important those two points were. Lose that game and you've got to get nine of ten remaining possible points in this ten game segment of the year to stay on playoff pace. Even with the win, the Lightning still have to collect seven points out of the next five games. .700 hockey is far from a gimme, either, but it's more in the realm of reality than .900 hockey.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 5:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.