Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Tampa Bay leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 10th
Predators3Final
Lightning4

Predators 3

(18-6-3, 39 pts)

Lightning 4

(17-10-3, 37 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
NSH 0 1 23
TB 0 2 24

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Andreychuk (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Nashville (18-5-3) at Tampa Bay (16-10-3) 8:00 pm EST

Nashville (18-5-3) at Tampa Bay (16-10-3) 8:00 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- John Grahame is making Tampa Bay Lightning fans forget about Nikolai Khabibulin.

Grahame goes for his franchise-record ninth straight victory Saturday when the Lightning host the Nashville Predators in an interconference matchup.

Khabibulin starred in net for the Lightning in 2003-04, leading the team to their first Stanley Cup championship. But the four-time All-Star signed with Chicago as a free agent in August, leaving Grahame as the starting netminder.

After getting off to a 5-8-1 start this season, Grahame has won eight straight decisions to tie a team record set by Khabibulin in 2004. He made 18 saves in Thursday's 5-4 victory over St. Louis.

Martin St. Louis scored the tie-breaking goal with 6:30 remaining for Tampa Bay, which has won four straight games, including the last three by one goal.

Nashville had won six of seven before dropping a 5-1 decision to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Yanic Perreault scored the lone goal for the Predators, who lost goaltender Tomas Vokoun to a sprained knee early in the contest. He is expected to miss two weeks, with Chris Mason picking up a bulk of the load in his absence.

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