The Lightning found a way in a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime victory Tuesday in Nashville.
But had Steven Stamkos not tied the score on a wicked one-timer with three minutes left in regulation, a critical – and controversial – review on the Predators' third goal might have loomed large.
P.K. Subban gave Nashville a 3-2 lead on a late second-period power play goal. But the Lightning challenged that there was goaltender interference.
Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson clearly made contact with goalie Louis Domingue, who was positioned partly outside the crease.
It impacts Domingue being able to make the save, but the goal was upheld upon review, the league saying there was no interference before the puck got to Domingue.
Coach Jon Cooper was livid on the bench, using some colorful language he withheld post-game.
"Right when I think I got this (rule) finally figured out," Cooper said. "The player comes, knocks our goalie, spins him around, clearly before the puck is even in the net. I look at it this way. I thought it was 100-percent goalie interference and I guarantee, on their bench, they're sitting there thinking, 'Oh this could go 50/50.' "
Domingue, who was stellar again with 30 saves, felt there was interference on the play.
"I was trying to make the save against one of the best one-timers in the league," Domingue said. "There was contact, but I don't make the decisions. I'm just trying to stop the puck and I couldn't move easy there with a guy on my tail. We came back with a strong effort right after. It didn't affect anything with our game."