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Fisher leads Predators over Lightning

Oct 28, 2011 - 5:33 AM
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher registered two goals and set up another, helping the Nashville Predators earn their first home win of the season with a 5-3 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sergei Kostitsyn and Nick Spaling both had a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games.

"Huge two points. It was kind of a up-and-down game, both teams had some momentum," Rinne said.

Steven Stamkos tallied twice for Tampa Bay, which was eyeing its fourth straight victory. Mathieu Garon surrendered five goals on 17 shots before he was replaced by Dwayne Roloson, who finished with 10 saves in relief.

For the second straight game, Tampa Bay spotted the opponent a 2-0 lead, but erased the deficit before the first intermission. The Lightning fell behind by a pair of goals on Tuesday in Buffalo before rallying for a 4-3 win.

Kostitsyn converted Nashville rookie Craig Smith's right-wing feed at the 6:25 mark of the opening period. Kostitsyn set up the Predators' second goal, pulling up in the right circle and dishing in front to Fisher for an easy tap- in at 14:05.

Stamkos put the Lightning on the board 2:31 later, beating Rinne with a backhander. Tampa Bay then pulled even on the power play as Teddy Purcell, who played in his 200th NHL game, lit the lamp with 27 seconds remaining.

The Predators scored three goals in the middle stanza to put Tampa Bay in a 5-2 hole. After Patric Hornqvist put Nashville back on top, Spaling spun around in front of Garon and swept in a rebound past the goalie's outstretched arm at 11:20. Fisher netted his second goal of the game 50 seconds later.

Tampa Bay closed to within 5-3 on Stamkos' second marker late in the third period.

Game Notes

The Predators have won the last three meetings with the Lightning...Rinne has 99 career wins...Stamkos has five goals and one assist during a five-game point streak...Marc-Andre Bergeron collected two assists in defeat.