Vasilevskiy makes 36 saves, Lightning shut out Predators


NASHVILLE — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Vasilevskiy’s shutout was his fourth this season and 25th in the NHL.

Ross Colton, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning (28-11-2), who have won two in a row after losing five of their previous seven. Forward Steven Stamkos missed the game because of a lower-body injury.

Tampa Bay is 6-1-0 against Nashville this season.

Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for the Predators (22-19-1), who had won three in a row and lost for just the third time in 14 games. Defenseman Ryan Ellis had two shots and two hits in 19:43 in his return after missing the previous 20 games because of an upper-body injury.

Colton gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 6:45 of the first period. Gourde received a stretch pass from Mikhail Sergachev before spinning and finding Colton, who faked a forehand shot and slid the puck five-hole on his backhand.

Ellis appeared to score at 3:58 of the second period on a shot from the point, but Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper challenged the play for offside, and the call was reversed after a video review.

Cernak then made it 2-0 at 14:04 of the second with a wrist shot from the high slot that deflected in off of Ellis.

Gourde added an empty-net goal at 19:14 of the third period for the 3-0 final.

Predators forward Michael McCarron was assessed a match penalty at 19:37 of the third for an elbow he delivered to the head of Gourde.

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