TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday evening.
The Lightning remained tied for first predicament in the Central Division with Carolina, though the Hurricanes find a sport in hand. Florida is one point lend a hand.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for his NHL-leading 26th victory of the season and added an lend a hand. Alex Killorn had a goal and an lend a hand. Ross Colton also scored for Tampa Bay, which bounced lend a hand from a 7-2 loss Tuesday in Nashville.
“We leaked a little of bit but our idea route of and among the things we had been working on, we did effectively at occasions and struggled at others,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper acknowledged. “But we had been down 2-1 (in the third length) in a enormous-time sport, two rather prison hockey teams, and you find a kind to tie after which win it in overtime and that’s the build apart I actually cherished our perspective on the bench.’’
Chris Driedger stopped 16 photographs for the Panthers. Patric Hornqvist and Anthony Duclair scored for Florida, which has one win in the past four video games.
“I think we had a rather proper sport all round, all four lines finished rather prison, we had proper goaltending,” Duclair acknowledged. “We came up instant but I think there are loads of positives to win out of this sport. It’s always going to be a grind against these guys, but I think we did a enormous job of sticking with them.’’
Hedman bought his eighth goal of the season, sent in on a breakaway by Killorn. Hedman deked Driedger down and slipped the puck inside the post.
“Killorn did a prison job and handed it at the excellent time to give me the breakaway,” Hedman acknowledged. “I tried to find some persistence on the breakaway and I used to be ready to find the lend a hand of the obtain.’’
Hornqvist build apart the Panthers in front in the opening length, cutting toward the obtain on a pass from Alex Wenneberg and slipping a backhand past Vasilevskiy at 15: 13.
After being outshot 13-4 in the first length, Tampa Bay pushed lend a hand in the 2d and cashed in on the first energy-play opportunity of the game. With the Panthers making a substitute, Vasilevskiy came out of his crease and fed a pass up ice to Killorn for a 2-on-0 sprint. Killorn tried to ship a pass over to Anthony Cirelli, however the puck went into the obtain off the stick of Florida defenseman McKenzie Weeger at 13: 28.
Florida regained the lead at 7: 13 of the third after Lightning forward Yanni Gourde pinched whereas covering the excellent point. That sent Jonathan Huberdeau up ice on a 2-on-1, and he spun round to find Duclair for a one-timer.
Tampa Bay answered sincere lend a hand at 9: 57 when Mikhail Sergachev found Colton down low on a irascible-ice pass for a backdoor tap-in off the pads of Driedger.
“I cherished the blueprint we finished in the third length. We had everything going our formulation excluding the finish,” Florida coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged. “We had some enormous possibilities tonight. I cherished the balance of our lines.”
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos overlooked his third consecutive sport and used to be positioned on long-term injured reserve with an undisclosed decrease-physique injury retroactive to April 8. Stamkos, who underwent core muscle surgical blueprint twice remaining year, left a sport in Columbus remaining Thursday following a non-contact play. He will omit a minimum of 10 video games or 24 days.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
Florida welcomed newly bought defenseman Brandon Montour and forward Nikita Gusev to the lineup for the first time. Montour used to be bought from Buffalo remaining Saturday for a third-round draft clutch in 2021. Gusev signed as a free agent Sunday after his contract used to be terminated by Novel Jersey.
The teams play again on Saturday.
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