Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos
TAMPA - Brett Connolly had two goals and Steven Stamkos also scored to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night.
The Lightning jumped out to a fast start, with Connolly and Ondrej Palat scoring in the first 6:51 of the game.
Stamkos' first goal of the preseason lifted Tampa Bay to a 3-0 lead early in the second.
Matt Cullen scored the Predators' only goal in the third period against backup goaltender Cedric Desjardins.