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
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 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. is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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