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Lightning beat Bruins 3-2 in overtime of prospect tournament

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Defenseman Kodie Curran is definitely not one of the more high-profile prospects for the Lightning in this weekend's tournament in Nashville.

But Curran, 24, an invitee to camp, came up big Sunday night, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the Bruins 3-2 in the second game of the prospects tournament.

"It was definitely one of the cooler experiences of my life," said Curran, who spent the last four seasons at the University of Calgary. "It was fast-paced though, definitely a step quicker than college hockey, and being fortunate to be playing with such good players. I got a great pass from (Jonathan) Drouin there and I was able to capitalize."

Forwards Jonathan Drouin and Brayden Point each picked up the assist on the game-winner. Nikita Nesterov and Michael Aviani also scored for Tampa Bay, with goalie Kristers Gudlevskis stopping 23 of 25 shots.

But Curran was the unsung star for the Lightning, which lost to the Predators in overtime Saturday and will wrap up the three-game tournament Tuesday against the Panthers.

"To be honest, I think he's one of the most skilled guys out here even though he's a defenseman and not a high end name or anything," forward Tanner Richard said. "He came in as an invite and he'll do things in practice, beat a guy here, and kind of saw flashes of brilliance there."

The Lightning, which lost in overtime Saturday to the Predators, will wrap up its three-game tournament Tuesday against the Panthers.

Defenseman Kodie Curran is definitely not one of the more high-profile prospects for the Lightning in this weekend's tournament in Nashville.

But Curran, 24, an invitee to camp, came up big Sunday night, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the Bruins 3-2 in the second game of the prospects tournament.

"It was definitely one of the cooler experiences of my life," said Curran, who spent the last four seasons at the University of Calgary. "It was fast-paced though, definitely a step quicker than college hockey, and being fortunate to be playing with such good players. I got a great pass from (Jonathan) Drouin there and I was able to capitalize."

Forwards Jonathan Drouin and Brayden Point each picked up the assist on the game-winner. Nikita Nesterov and Michael Aviani also scored for Tampa Bay, with goalie Kristers Gudlevskis stopping 23 of 25 shots.

But Curran was the unsung star for the Lightning, which lost to the Predators in overtime Saturday and will wrap up the three-game tournament Tuesday against the Panthers.

"To be honest, I think he's one of the most skilled guys out here even though he's a defenseman and not a high end name or anything," forward Tanner Richard said. "He came in as an invite and he'll do things in practice, beat a guy here, and kind of saw flashes of brilliance there."

The Lightning, which lost in overtime Saturday to the Predators, will wrap up its three-game tournament Tuesday against the Panthers.