National Hockey League
Tampa Bay 6, Nashville 1
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Chris Lee, Peter MacDougall
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: N/A

Steven Stamkos notched two goals and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning rolled to an NHL-season-best sixth straight win, beating the host Nashville Predators 6-1 on Tuesday night.

The victory eclipsed the Carolina Hurricanes' five-win stretch from Jan. 18-Feb. 2. Tampa Bay's last loss was a 1-0 overtime defeat at Carolina on Jan. 28 -- part of that Hurricanes streak.

Mathieu Joseph scored twice, Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist, and Yanni Gourde tallied. Mikhail Sergachev and Brayden Point each produced three assists and Victor Hedman had two for the Lightning, who were 3-for-5 on the power play.

After making 35 straight starts and getting Monday night off in the Lightning's 4-1 win over the Predators, Andrei Vasilevskiy returned to the crease and turned away 32 of 33 shots to improve to 8-1-1.

Rocco Grimaldi netted a goal, Sean Malone posted his first NHL point and goalie Juuse Saros yielded six goals on 30 shots.

The struggling Finnish netminder has allowed four or more goals in three straight starts.

The Predators lost for the fourth time in four meetings with Tampa Bay this season and have dropped eight of their past 11 overall (3-8-0).

Scratched from the lineup on Monday, Grimaldi raced in on Hedman, made a cut inside at the left circle and ripped his second goal at 4:43 of the first period.

Playing in only his second NHL game -- his debut was on April 8, 2017, for the Buffalo Sabres -- Malone recorded the primary assist for his first career point.

But the visitors scored three times in a span of 2:35 to take control of the penalty-filled first, which featured a combined eight minor infractions and seven power plays.

Stamkos banged in his sixth goal at 11:28, then he slid a circle-to-circle pass that Palat finished on the team's third man advantage. Joseph tallied off a sharp diagonal pass from Sergachev at 14:03 for a 3-1 lead.

At 16:23 of the second, Colton Sissons appeared to cut the deficit to 3-2 when he beat Vasilevskiy on the glove side. However, the Lighting's ensuing challenge showed that Sissons was offside, and the goal was overturned.

Gourde's fourth tally on a backhander in the third, followed by power-play goals from Stamkos and Joseph, put the contest away as Tampa Bay completed a two-game sweep.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Tampa Bay   Nashville
Steven Stamkos 3 Points Rocco Grimaldi 1
Steven Stamkos 2 Goals Rocco Grimaldi 1
Brayden Point 3 Assists Calle Jarnkrok 1
Steven Stamkos 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Andrei Vasilevskiy .970 Save Percentage Juuse Saros .800
Andrei Vasilevskiy 32 Saves Juuse Saros 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 30 6 3-5 4-4 10 27
Nashville 33 1 0-4 2-5 22 28
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Predators have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .286 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Lightning have a W/L % of .875 after a win and .500 after a loss.