Bolts beat Predators again in 6-1 rout

by Gary Shelton on February 10, 2021

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Mathieu Joseph scored twice for Bolts./ CHUCK MULLER

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

It's early yet, but perhaps all this winning of championships isn't through in Tampa Bay.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning continued a hot start in its title defense Tuesday night, blasting the Nashville Predators, 6-1. It was the fourth win over Nashville in 11 days

Steven Stamkos and Mathieu Joseph each scored twice for Tampa Bay. Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde scored one each. Three of the Bolts' goals came on the power play.

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For Stamkos, it was his seventh goal of the season.

"This group knows what it takes to win," Stamkos said. "We’re very comfortable in whatever situation they came out with. They had a plan to be physical and we matched that.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 of 33 shots for his eighth win of the season.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper isn't getting ahead of himself, however.

“It was just two game ago that you can make a case that Detroit outplayed us," Cooper said. "e ended up winning that game with a strong third period. The one thing I’ve liked is there haven’t been many of those. We’re 11 games in and there are only a couple of periods during that time where you’re a little rattled bout how your playimg.. If that’s going to be the percentage going forward, I'll like our chances".

Tampa Bay now travels to Miami to play the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m.

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