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Lightning blow three leads, lose in shootout to start long road trip

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Three leads, and the Lightning lost.

A three-on-three overtime, and the Lightning lost.

A shootout, and the Lightning lost.

In all, it was a hard evening for Tampa Bay, which lost its third game in the last four. The Lightning lost 5-4 when Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored the only goal in the shootout.

The Lightning led 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 in the evening, but still lost to the Predators, who have a 5-0 record over Tampa Bay since 2008.

Tampa Bay scored four goals against Pekka Rinne, but it wasn’t enough. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan and Erik Condra all scored goals for the Lightning.

The Lightning play in Winnipeg Friday night, then have a Stanley Cup rematch with Chicago Saturday in their four-game road trip.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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