NASHVILLE - David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist, and the Nashville Predators used a five-goal second period to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-4, last night.

Jerred Smithson, Ryan Jones, J.P. Dumont, Dan Hamhuis, and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville, which set a season high for goals in a game, topping the six they had at Ottawa on Oct. 22.

Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and an assist, and Steven Stamkos and Kurtis Foster added goals for the Lightning.

Smithson gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 6 minutes, 53 seconds in. Legwand's wraparound shot was blocked, and Smithson gained control of the puck in traffic in the crease. He put a rebound past goalie Antero Niittymaki.

Stamkos tied it less than 5 minutes later, when he skated by Shea Weber and then had the puck slip off his stick into the net.

Tampa Bay 2 0 2 – 4

Nashville 1 5 1 – 7

First period: 1, Nashville, Smithson 5 (Legwand, Ward), 6:53. 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 18 (Malone, Ohlund), 11:35. 3, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 7 (Foster, St. Louis), 16:30 (pp). Penalties: Smithson, Nas (cross-checking), 14:30; Suter, Nas (high-sticking), 16:04.

Second period: 4, Nashville, Legwand 7 (Ward), 1:12. 5, Nashville, R.Jones 3 (Spaling, Weber), 2:57. 6, Nashville, Hornqvist 8 (Goc), 12:22. 7, Nashville, Dumont 6 (Hornqvist), 12:50. 8, Nashville, Hamhuis 3 (Suter, Goc), 16:09. Penalties: Walker, TB (boarding), 4:32; Arnott, Nas (hooking), 6:17; Downie, TB, major (fighting), 13:39; Weber, Nas, major (fighting), 13:39; Veilleux, TB, major (fighting), 18:10; Klein, Nas, major (fighting), 18:10.

Third period: 9, Tampa Bay, Foster 4 (Lecavalier, St. Louis), 1:52 (pp). 10, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 8 (Meszaros), 12:20. 11, Nashville, Erat 11 (Sullivan, Arnott), 13:47. Penalties: Malone, TB, major (fighting), :53; Smithson, Nas, minor-major (roughing, fighting), :53; Hedman, TB (boarding), 5:46; Stamkos, TB (hooking), 20:00.

Shots on Goal: Tampa Bay 13-12-9–34. Nashville 6-10-11–27.

Power-play opportunities: Tampa Bay 2 of 4; Nashville 0 of 2.

Goalies: Tampa Bay, Niittymaki (14 shots-10 saves), M.Smith 5-8-5 (12:22 second, 13-10). Nashville, Rinne 14-6-2 (34-30).

Blues 4, Flames 3

ST. LOUIS - T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal with 4 minutes, 58 seconds to play, helping St. Louis beat Calgary for just its sixth victory in 18 home games.

David Backes had a goal and assisted on Oshie's sixth goal for the Blues, who beat the NHL's top road team after honoring Brett Hull on his recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction in a pregame ceremony.

St. Louis 2 1 1 – 4

First period: 1, St. Louis, Backes 7 (McDonald, Boyes), 3:56. 2, Calgary, Bourque 10 (Phaneuf, Giordano), 9:16. 3, St. Louis, McDonald 7 (Boyes, Weaver), 18:51. Penalties: Prust, Cal, major (fighting), 2:16; Janssen, StL, major (fighting), 2:16; Boyd, Cal (hooking), 6:04; Regehr, Cal (hooking), 10:07.

Second period: 4, Calgary, Langkow 10 (Bourque, Iginla), 2:13 (pp). 5, Calgary, Boyd 5 (A.Johnson, Regehr), 10:25. 6, St. Louis, Steen 2 (Colaiacovo, Boyes), 17:23 (pp). Penalties: E.Johnson, StL (high-sticking), 1:07; Perron, StL (holding), 5:04; Jokinen, Cal (tripping), 14:46; Boyd, Cal (hooking), 16:30; Crombeen, StL (holding), 19:32.

Third period: 7, St. Louis, Oshie 6 (Kariya, Backes), 15:02. Penalties: Bouwmeester, Cal (delay of game), 5:00; E.Johnson, StL (hooking), 18:52.

Shots on Goal: Calgary 7-12-4–23. St. Louis 9-15-10–34.

Power-play opportunities: Calgary 1 of 4; St. Louis 1 of 5.

Goalies: Calgary, McElhinney 2-2-0 (34 shots-30 saves). St. Louis, Mason 9-9-4 (23-20).

A: 19,150 (19,150). T: 2:26.

Referees: Stephen Walkom, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen: Pierre Racicot, Mark Shewchyk.

Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Marek Zidlicky scored with 39 seconds left, snapping a tie and giving Minnesota a victory over Columbus.

Mikko Koivu won a face-off in the Columbus zone and sent the puck to the point to Zidlicky, who waited for an opening and fired a shot off goalie Chris Mason's stick and over his shoulder for the winning goal.

Guillaume Latendresse also scored and Koivu had a pair of assists for the Wild, who won their fourth straight home game. Rick Nash scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal, and Columbus dropped to 2-8-4 in its last 14 games.

First period: None. Penalties: None.

Second period: 1, Columbus, Nash 17 (Chimera), 3:41. 2, Minnesota, Latendresse 5 (Koivu, Havlat), 8:08. Penalties: Hejda, Clm (hooking), 14:35; Zidlicky, Min (hooking), 15:45.

Third period: 3, Minnesota, Zidlicky 3 (Koivu), 19:21. Penalties: None.

Shots on Goal: Columbus 3-9-10–22. Minnesota 11-6-6–23.

Power-play opportunities: Columbus 0 of 1; Minnesota 0 of 1.

Goalies: Columbus, Mason 10-11-5 (23 shots-21 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 14-10-3 (22-21).

A: 18,086 (18,064). T: 2:10.

Referees: Bill McCreary, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brad Lazarowich.

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Capitals 6, Avalanche 1

DENVER - Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals and Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots, helping Washington rout Colorado.

Nicklas Backstrom and Matt Bradley had a goal and an assist each, and Matt Bradley and David Steckel also scored for the Capitals, who have won seven of nine.