Ellis Scores in OT, Predators Beat Lightning 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Ellis scored 3:15 into overtime and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.

Ellis scored from the left circle shortly after Nashville failed to score on power play that resulted from Tampa Bay having too many men on the ice.

Calle Jarnkrok and Roman Josi also scored, and Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots for the Predators, who are 13-1-2 against Tampa Bay in the last 16 meetings. Nashville’s lone regulation loss to the Lightning this decade came Dec. 19, 2013.

Tampa Bay got goals from Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson. Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves.

Nashville played without forwards Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg, who were out with lower body injuries.

Josi got Nashville even at 2 on the power play at 14:47 of the third. He added two assists, including on Ellis’ game-winner.

Nashville Predators Roman Josi
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

The Predators have outscored opponents 24-11 during the third period this season.

Johnson’s in-close goal put Tampa Bay up 2-1 at 9:25 of the second. Stamkos had tied it at 1-all 32 seconds into the period with a power-play goal. Three of Stamkos’ five goals have come with the man advantage.

Jarnkrok opened the scoring at 14:24 of the first, when his power-play shot from the top of the left circle went off Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak’s stick.


Duchene, hurt in Thursday’s win over Minnesota, took part in Saturday’s morning skate. Forsberg is skating on his own. … Stamkos needs two goals to become the first Lightning player to reach 400. … Nashville entered with 42 goals in 10 games. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman had an assist, and a point in nine of 10 games this season.

Up Next

Predators: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.

Lightning: Play at the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.


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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press