Tampa Bay 2, Nashville 2 (OT)

Dec. 21, 2002 at 10:31 PM

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves after the first period and Denis Pederson scored early in the second Saturday night as the struggling Nashville Predators rallied for a 2-2 tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vokoun faced 11 shots in the second period and 16 in the third before forcing Brad Richards to lose control of the puck on a breakaway with 70 seconds to go in overtime. The 26-year-old Czech ended up with 38 saves.

Pederson's second goal in as many games enabled Nashville to get a point for just the third time in seven games. Off a faceoff, three Lightning players nearly broke free on an odd-man rush, but Pederson was able to fire a slap shot from the blue line that beat goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

Denis Arkhipov gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 5:59 into the opening period, but Vincent Lecavalier tied it just 38 seconds later.

Defenseman Dan Boyle put Tampa Bay in front with 3:07 to go in the period after a pass by Vaclav Prospal set him up to the right of the crease.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback