Bolts take it outside; beat Preds

by Gary Shelton on February 27, 2022

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Stamkos had a goal and two assists./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

When you get down to it, who really needs a roof?

The Tampa Bay Lightning, playing in its first outdoor game ever, edged the Nasville Predators 3-1 in Nashville in the NHL's Stadium Series. It was a hotly contested game, but in the end, the Bolts' stars made the difference.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist.

Brayden Point had a goal.

And Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 of 28 shots (12 in the final period) for the win.

Bolts' coach Jon Cooper was impressed with Kucherov.

"He’s a step ahead," Cooper said. "He knows who's going for popcorn in section 208. You learn from guys like him. He scores in big moments."

Cooper was also impressed with a late shot block by Ryan McDonagh.

"You could make a major argument that while (Vasilevskiy) won he Conn Smythe last year, McDonagh was right there with him. When you have the lead, you need a McDonagh on the ice."

The Bolts, who trailed after one period, scored twice on the power play in the second period to take control.

The Bolts are home at Amalie Arena against Ottawa on Tuesday night. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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