Nashville Predators

Burns: 3 Things we learned from a second-straight win

Tampa Bay didn't have the puck much in the first period, but Yanni Gourde executed a wonderful spin-move pass to Ross Colton on a 2-on-1, and the rookie backhanded a shot five-hole through Preds goalie Pekka Rinne to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

FINDING THEIR LEGS After Ross Colton's seventh goal of his rookie season gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 6:45 of the first, the Predators dominated the remainder of the period, putting Andrei Vasilevskiy under constant pressure throughout.

The Bolts started to assert themselves in the second period and went up 2-0 when Erik Cernak took a shot from the high slot that deflected off of two Predators before ending up in the back of the net.

The rookie knew what to do from there, making a move in tight to get Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne to open up his five-hole then slipped a nifty little backhander through the wickets for his third-straight game with a goal.

And despite the imminent return of Mitchell Stephens following his conditioning assignment in Syracuse, it's impossible to take Colton out of the lineup because the rookie just continues to produce each time he steps on the ice.

The Bolts scored a goal in each period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 36 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Predators, Tampa Bay's second win in a row and cooling off a Nashville team that had won nine of its previous 10 contests entering Saturday.

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