Despite being held to no shots on goal in the first period, being held scoreless through two periods and getting outshot 39-16 overall, the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to defeat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the shootout on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Third period goals from Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell tied the score at 2-2 to force overtime and Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Bolts their first win of the season behind an outstanding performance in goal from Ben Bishop who stopped 37 of the 39 shots in regulation.
“Bishop gave us a chance to fight back,” Marty St. Louis said, after picking up his first goal and assist of the season. “That’s what he did. And we did. We didn’t play a very good first period. They overwhelmed us, I think, with their speed and their puck possession. I thought we got a bit better in the second and because of the play of Bishop, we were able to be only two goals away going into the third.”
For the first two periods the Blackhawks were in control of the game and would take a 2-0 lead in the second on goals from Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. Saad’s goal at 9:14 came off an odd bounce to cap a power play.
The Bolts lit the lamp at 10:08 of the third when Martin St. Louis backhanded a rebound shot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to cut the deficit to 2-1. Crawford who had 14 saves in the game didn’t have to make a stop until the opening minutes of the second period.
Less than two minutes later and on a power-play, St. Louis would set-up Teddy Purcell with the game tying goal as Purcell fired a shot past Crawford from the right circle. Before his pass to Purcell, St. Louis knocked down the puck coming hard and high around the glass after a missed shot by Steven Stamkos, who picked up the secondary assist.
“I’ll take an assist on that one any day,” Stamkos said. “That puck was three feet in the air and Marty just stuck his stick out. He’s got great hand-eye coordination, so that doesn’t surprise us. We see that a lot in practice. Gutsy win by us.”
A scoreless five-minute overtime sent the game to a shootout, where Valtteri Filppula’s goal in the first round was the difference. Bishop made three stops against the Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.
Three Stars of the Game
1 - Martin St. Louis (1G, 1A, 2 pts. TOI 19:34)
2 - Brandon Saad (1 G, 5 SHOTS, TOI 18:49)
3 - Ben Bishop (39 SA, .949 SV %)
Lightning Nutz and Boltz
Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to four-straight games against the Blackhawks with his first goal of the season
Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m., TV: SUN, Radio: 970 WFLA
Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., TV: SUN, Radio: 970 WFLA
Tuesday, Oct. 15 vs. Los Angeles, 7:00 p.m., TV: SUN, Radio: 970 WFLA
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