They found some offense and, wouldn’t you know it, they put a “W” in the win column.
The Nashville Predators haven’t won a single game inside Bridgestone Arena since last year’s playoffs. Finally, in front of 16,619 in Music City, the Preds collected two points on home ice. Behind goals from four different players, they dropped the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.
Lost in the scoring was the outstanding play of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. In the first period, he made an incredible glove save on Vincent Lecavalier and a diving stick save a period later. He finished with 29 saves in a Vezina-like performance.
In the opening period, Craig Smith and Sergei Kostitysn hooked up on what was nearly a carbon-copy of their goal on Tuesday. The University of Wisconsin alum blazed down the right wing and snapped a pass on the tape of Kostitsyn’s stick. The Novopolotsk, Belarus native made no mistake and one-timed it for the score.
Late in the frame, that line clicked again. The Preds survived an ...