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Neal’s OT winner leads Predators over Lightning 3-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Neal scored at 4:27 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Seth Jones and Taylor Beck also scored for Nashville, which has three straight and five of its past six.

Brett Connolly and Nikita Kucherov had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost two of three.

With time winding down in overtime, Neal beat Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pads with a wrist shot from the left circle.

Jones opened the scoring at 8:31 of the second period.

From the right faceoff dot, Jones snapped a shot high to the stick side of Vasilevskiy. The puck entered the net quickly and bounced out and was originally called no goal on the ice. A video review reversed the call and gave Jones credit for his sixth goal of the season.

After being recalled earlier in the day from Milwaukee of the AHL, Viktor Stalberg had the primary assist on Jones’ goal.

Jones has points in five consecutive games.

Beck doubled the Nashville lead at 12:47 of the second.

From above the left circle, Paul Gaustad’s shot hit the right post, but Beck was in front to convert the rebound.

Beck’s goal was his first since Dec. 23.

Connolly got the Lightning on the board at 1:20 of the third.

Valtteri Filppula’s shot from the slot hit the left post, but Connolly was directly in front of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne and converted the rebound. Rinne finished with 30 saves.

Kucherov evened the game at 2 at 7:50 of the third with a baseball swing at a loose puck from the low slot.

Notes: Nashville D Victor Bartley played in his 100th NHL game. Nashville C Colin Wilson missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Filppula has four points in his past two games.

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