Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin St. Louis scored on a rebound 1:16 into
overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 6-5 win from the Chicago Blackhawks
from Times Forum.
After Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game with 2:29 left in
regulation to put the Lightning ahead 5-4, Jonathan Toews was credited with a
goal on a Tampa Bay miscue less than a minute later to force overtime.
In the extra session, Radko Gudas ripped a shot at Nikolai Khabibulin, who
coughed up the rebound which allowed St. Louis to wrist home the game-winner.
Matthew Carle, Nate Thompson and Victor Hedman also scored for Tampa Bay,
which took the first meeting with Chicago in a shootout, 3-2, earlier this
Ben Bishop had 38 saves to earn the win between the pipes.
Khabibulin stopped just 19-of-25 shots for the Blackhawks, who had won five of
six games entering Thursday's tilt. Bryan Bickell, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane
and Andrew Shaw all netted goals in defeat.
The Lightning broke a 4-4 tie when Valtteri Filppula won a faceoff back to
Stamkos, who wasted no time in firing a slap shot past a screened Khabibulin.
Tampa coughed up the lead moments later, however, when Toews skated through
the neutral zone and lost the puck to Carle, who tried to send it back to
Gudas to reset, but it took a deflection and scooted past Bishop.
Carle netted the lone first-period goal with a slapper from the blue line on a
feed from Filppula, who skated around the right point and drew attention off
Carle before feeding him.
Thompson put the Lightning on top 2-0 early in the second period with a
shorthanded goal. A deflection near Bishop led to a Tampa 2-on-1 advantage,
which it executed perfectly. B.J. Crombeen carried the puck towards Khabibulin
before dishing off to Thompson, who quickly wristed it into the net.
The Blackhawks tied it on a pair of goals in the middle portion of the second.
Bickell scored on the power play on a rebound of Brent Seabrook's shot from
the point, and Hossa tapped in a Patrick Sharp blast 1:36 later. The referees
looked to see if Hossa played the puck with a high stick, but the goal was
Stamkos put the Lightning back in front late in the second when he skated the
length of the ice, deked past two defenders and fired a wrister past
Khabibulin. Once again, Chicago had the answer, as Kane went five-hole on a
breakaway with 1:07 left in the period.
Shaw's first of the season came on a power play early in the third period.
Kane unleashed a shot from the left point at Bishop, which Shaw got a stick on
before it found the back of the net for a 4-3 Chicago lead.
Midway through the third, Hedman started an odd-man rush when he pushed the
disc ahead to Stamkos. He found St. Louis, who skated into Chicago territory
before dropping a pass to a surging Hedman, who took advantage of a Stamkos
screen and put it through the legs of Khabibulin with 8:57 remaining in
Tampa has now won five in a row against the defending Stanley Cup champs ...
The Lightning improved to 4-2-0 on its current seven-game homestand. They wrap
it up on Saturday against Buffalo, whom they beat 3-2 in overtime earlier this
season ... Tampa went 2-for-4 on the power-play ... Stamkos and Filppula had
two assists apiece.
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