NASHVILLE -- Facing an early deficit, Nashville turned the game around with its power play. Memphis Grizzlies Pro Shop . Patric Hornqvist scored with the man-advantage at 13:56 of the third period to lift the Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also scored power-play goals to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak. The three man-advantage goals were a season high for the Predators. Nashville entered Thursday with the NHLs seventh-best power play. "The power play was really huge, but our 5-on-5 play was strong," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We gave up seven shots in the last two periods and that includes a couple of power plays that they had." Martin St. Louis had both goals for the Lightning, losers of three of their last four. With time winding down in the final period, Hornqvist collected the rebound of Mike Fishers shot and slipped it by Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop. "It hit the heel of my stick, and then I dont know if I got a whack on it on the rebound, too," Hornqvist said. "Its nice to see that it finally went in. Thats how I have to play every single night to be effective." St. Louis opened the scoring at 5:26 of the first period. Ondrej Palat carried the puck from the left boards into the slot, where he sent a backhand off the left post. St. Louis was parked in front of the Nashville goal to tap home the rebound. Less than four minutes later, St. Louis struck again. With the Lightning on a power play, St. Louis wrist shot from the right faceoff dot hit Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton in the chest, fell to the ice, and trickled across the goal line. Hutton is 7-2-2 in his last 11 games. Since scoring a career-best four times in Tampa Bays Jan. 18 game against San Jose, St. Louis had not scored a goal, a stretch of nine games. He also was pointless in five games for Team Canada in their gold medal-winning performance at the Sochi Olympic Games. "Our 5-on-5 play was horrendous," St. Louis said. "Our battle level was very low. Youve got to grind it out in this league, and we didnt do that." After getting nine shots on goal in the first, Tampa Bay managed just four in the second and three in the third. "It was disgracefully embarrassing, thats what that game was," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Two periods, really, really disappointed. Seven shots in the last two periods?" Cullen struck at 12:05 of the second. Ryan Ellis skated the puck into the right circle, where he faked a shot and found Cullen at the back door for an easy tap-in. Josi tied the game 1:11 later on another power-play goal when the Swiss Olympian ripped a slap shot from the left faceoff dot over Bishops left shoulder. "The first period, we didnt manage the puck that well," Josi said. "We actually didnt play a bad period in the first, but they got up 2-0. After that, we just worked their defence and our forwards did a great job down low." NOTES: Palat has points in three-straight games. ... Cullen had not scored a goal since Nov. 27, breaking a stretch of 29 games without a goal. ... Nashville is 7-21-5 when its opponents score first. . The game was the first of five consecutive home games for Nashville coming out of the Olympic break. Shane Battier Jersey .com) - Delon Wright made all 12 of his free throws and finished with 21 points and six assists as No. Bryant Reeves Jersey . Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Canadiens at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The game can also be heard on TSN Radio Montreal 690. The Calgary Flames will see if they can take their recent hot streak on the road when they shoot for a sixth consecutive win Monday night in Montreal.GLENEAGLES -- Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world of golf. At the Ryder Cup, he sees himself as one of 12. McIlroy and the rest of the Europeans have been hearing all week about how the Americans are targeting the top players at Gleneagles. The concept is nothing new. For years, Tiger Woods was the player everyone wanted to beat. Woods is recovering from back injuries and is not at the Ryder Cup for the second time in six years. U.S. captain Tom Watson has mentioned McIlroy and Ian Poulter as two key players to beat. "You knock off the big dog, that gives your team a boost," Watson said last week. McIlroy has won the last two majors to establish himself anew as the best player in golf. Poulter has the best record of any active player in the Ryder Cup, winning 12 of his 15 matches including seven in a row. "I know Watson has been talking about targeting us two and whatever, but at the same time, its only one-sixth of the team," McIlroy said Wednesday. "Theres 10 other world-class players that he has to worry about, as well, and they are just as capable of putting points on the board for Europe. They can try and target us all they want, but theres guys alongside us that can do just as good a job." Colin Montgomerie once said beating Woods felt like it was worth more than one point. McIlroy was having none of that. "Someone beats me, they win a point -- no more, no less." This is nothing new for McIlroy. Two years ago, he won the U.S. PGA Championship by a record eight shots, and then won back-to-back in the FedEx Cup playoffs to reach No. 1 in the world going into Medinah. His presence might be even greater at Gleneagles coming off victories in the British Open, U.S. PGA Championship aand a World Golf Championship, primarily because Woods isnt around. Fake Grizzlies Jerseys. "Its not hard to pick out the best player in the world right now," Jim Furyk said. "Its Rory McIlroy. And Ian has obviously had a great record in this." McIlroy was still buzzing on Wednesday morning over an evening spent with former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Boy Wonder caused a stir himself during practice by using a new driver. Its rare for someone to make any equipment changes the week of such a big event. Perhaps the most famous was in 2004, when Phil Mickelson signed a new equipment deal with Callaway and changed out his driver and golf ball at Oakland Hills. He was paired with Woods and they lost both of their matches. McIlroy is aware of that incident -- he was a 15-year-old Junior Ryder Cup player who was in the gallery. "Phil Mickelson nearly hit me off the tees in 2004," McIlroy said. "I was standing down the left-hand side, so Im very aware of what he did that week. Hey, look, Phil changed from one equipment manufacturer to another. This is a driver that Ive actually been using and practicing with since June. I wouldnt be putting it in the bag if I didnt feel it was better." It appeared to be working fine. McIlroy drove the green on the par-4 14th. "Everyone saw yesterday it was the only driver I had out there in the bag," he said. "Its looking likely that its going to be in the bag this week." McIlroy then headed out for another day of practice. He was in a group with Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer on the first full day of practice. On Wednesday, he was sent out in a group of four with Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson. ' ' '
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Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also
Matt Cullen and Roman Josi also