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Smith, Beck, Bourque Lead Preds to Rookie Game Win Over Tampa Bay

Monday, 09.12.2011 / 8:16 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Smith, Beck, Bourque Lead Preds to Rookie Game Win Over Tampa Bay
Photo by Sasha Machel
 Game Highlights
Craig Smith scored four goals, including a natural hat trick in a 8:03 span covering the end of the first period and start to the second period, as the Nashville Predators rookies picked up a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning rookie squad on Monday night in Coral Springs, Florida.

Nashville's line of Smith with Taylor Beck and Gabriel Bourque was dominant, combining to contribute five goals and eight assists on the night. Beck opened the game's scoring 10 seconds in the first period and notched the primary assist on three of Smith's four goals on the game. Bourque dished out four assists on the night. Smith complimented his four goals with an assist on Smith's goal.

The Lightning tied the game 1-1 midway through the first period and then Smith countered 3:14 later to put the Preds rookies up for good. Smith added two more goals early in the second frame and Nashville went into the second intermission up 4-2. Smith, Brent Andrews, and Austin Watson added third period goals before Tampa Bay closed out the scoring late.

Chet Pickard and Atte Engren split the action in net for Nashville. Pickard drew the starting assignment and stopped 20-of-22 shots before giving way to Engren mid-way through the second period. Engren closed with 20 saves on 21 shots.

The Preds rookies return to action tomorrow afternoon against the Florida Panthers rookie.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36