Connolly scores twice as Lightning roll

Tampa Bay got a pair of goals from 2010 first-round pick Brett Connolly and one from Steven Stamkos to win at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Connolly and Ondrej Palat gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old. Stamkos gave the Lightning a three-goal lead before Connolly scored again at 18:41 of the second period by weaving his way through a pair of defenders and beating Carter Hutton, who allowed four goals on 17 shots in two periods.

Connolly, the sixth player taken in '10, is battling for one of the open roster spots after spending last season in the minors.

"I saw two goal-scorer's goals," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, "and we saw a lot of that in the second half of last year [in the American Hockey League]. He's [been] doing it in camp, and been doing well."

Matt Cullen's shorthanded goal against Cedrick Desjardins 46 seconds into the third period was the Predators' only offense. Richard Panik added a late goal for the Lightning.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:41TBL Brett Connolly (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (1) 1 - 0 TBL
06:51TBL Ondrej Palat (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:44TBL Steven Stamkos (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (1), Luke Witkowski (1) 3 - 0 TBL
18:41TBL Brett Connolly (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Victor Hedman (2), Andrej Sustr (1) 4 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
00:46NSH SHG - Matt Cullen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 4 - 1 TBL
02:03TBL PPG - Richard Panik (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Nikita Kucherov (1), Matt Taormina (1) 5 - 1 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Brett Connolly
Brett Connolly
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 14:57
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:16
Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:42
Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:44TBL Luke Witkowski  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Austin Watson
2nd Period
11:00NSH Shea Weber  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Malone
16:50NSH Shea Weber  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tanner Richard
16:50TBL Tanner Richard  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Shea Weber
3rd Period
00:31NSH Mike Fisher  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Malone
05:52TBL  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Colin Wilson
09:23TBL Nikita Kucherov  Holding  - 2 min against  Filip Forsberg
11:38TBL Geoff Walker  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/41/2
Faceoff Wins2428
Blocked Shots109
Penalty Minutes610
3S. JonesD00-12021:31
6S. WeberD00-12420:49
7M. CullenC1002015:39
8K. KleinD0004021:20
9F. ForsbergL00-15015:15
12M. FisherC00-13218:37
18K. HendersonL000009:50
21S. MoserC0001014:07
24E. NystromL00-22018:26
25V. StalbergL00-21015:49
29M. Van GuilderC0002012:34
33C. WilsonL00-12015:33
41T. BeckL00-10015:10
42M. EkholmD0001024:31
46J. JarvinenD00-21014:01
52A. WatsonL00-12013:00
76Z. BudishR0000012:09
83A. BitettoD00-22016:07
30C. Hutton1317.76540:00
39M. Mazanec34.75020:00
3K. AulieD0010016:42
9T. JohnsonC0001015:40
12R. MaloneL0123017:22
14B. ConnollyR2032014:57
27J. DrouinL0001012:23
38T. RichardC0000211:00
53L. WitkowskiD0120218:37
55M. TaorminaD0111020:13
56N. KucherovR01-10211:45
58G. WalkerR0002013:12
60J. CoteD0010217:38
62A. SustrD0102020:37
65V. NamestnikovC0000012:20
71R. PanikL1011015:04
74O. PalatL1003014:49
76P. LabrieL0001013:00
77V. HedmanD0221023:42
91S. StamkosC1023021:16
31C. Desjardins1617.94129:00
35R. Helenius15151.00030:43