NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Darcy Tucker tipped in a goal in the third period and Bill Ranford stopped 34 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Thursday night.

The victory was Tampa Bay's second straight, giving the Lightning back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game winning streak at the end of October.

Nashville, which outshot Tampa Bay 36-26, thought it had tied the game with 22.6 seconds left on a shot by Patric Kjellberg from in front of the goal. But officials ruled his left skate was in the crease and waved it off.

The Predators, the league's worst power-play unit, went 0-for-5 as Ranford improved to 3-15-3. Nashville now is 2-11-2 against the Eastern Conference.

Cory Cross hit a slapshot from the high slot and Tucker tipped it in to break a 2-2 tie at 9:53 of the third.

Nashville goalie Mike Dunham, playing a complete game for the first time since Nov. 27, misplayed a pass on the boards as he circled the goal for the puck. Rob Zamuner skated in and slapped the puck past him at 17:51 in the second for a 2-1 lead.

Tampa Bay got its first shot of the game on a shorthanded goal by Mike Sillinger in the first. Sillinger led a two-on-one with Stephane Richer, and his slapper rebounded off Nashville's Vitali Yachmenev for a goal at 11:41 for a 1-0 lead.

Nashville's Sergei Krivokrasov tied the score at 13:47 of the second on a one-timer from the edge of the right circle off a pass from Cliff Ronning for his 15th goal this season.

Joel Bouchard scored for the Predators at 6:12 in the third to tie it 2-2.