Shea Weber and Sergei Kostitsyn each scored their first goals of the season, and the Nashville Predators held off a third period rally as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Sunday.
It was Nashville’s second victory in as many days and its third in as many road contests this season. The Predators improved to 5-0-3 and have played seven straight one-goal games.
Weber and Kostityn scored 3:10 apart in the first period and put the Predators ahead to stay. Nashville led 3-1 on Cody Franson’s breakaway goal at 17:55 of the second and 4-1 after Colin Wilson scored with 5:50 to play.
The Lightning pulled within one when they scored twice within two minutes of Wilson’s goal, and they outshot the Predatords 16-6 in the third period. A cross checking penalty against Martin Erat gave Tampa Bay a power play with 3:07 remaining, but the Lightning failed to convert.
Rookie Anders Lindback, the Predators’ current backup goalie, got the victory over Dan Ellis, their former backup. In order to do so, Lindback needed to make nearly twice as many saves (42) as Ellis (22).