The resilience of the Tampa Bay Lightning sparked a late charge and ended the team’s preseason road trip on a positive note.
Tampa Bay, down 4-2 with nearly half a period to play, scored twice to knot the game at four and send the contest to a shootout, capping its four-game preseason road trip with five points out of a possible eight after falling, 5-4, to Calgary on Saturday night.
Steven Stamkos took a pass from Pavel Kubina at the left circle and fired a slap shot into the back of the net with just over a minute to play, negating a Flames comeback that included three unanswered goals.
Tampa Bay did not take long to strike, opening the game’s scoring just 27 seconds into the first period. Lecavalier fired a shot against the back boards and received a fortunate bounce as the puck deflected towards play before deflecting off Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano and into the net.
T.J. Brodie evened things up on the power play after finding a rebound off the post, beating Cedrick Desjardins to tie the score at one. The Flames defenseman put his team up 2-1 less than four minutes later after scoring his second of the night with the man advantage. The score, Brodie’s second of the preseason, was argued by several Lightning players when it appeared the net had come off several seconds prior to the goal, but the initial call was upheld.
Ales Kotalik also scored for the Flames, once in regulation and again with the lone tally of the shootout.
The win marked Calgary’s second in as many games.
Craig Conroy increased the Flames lead to two at 8:30 in the second after collecting the puck off a draw and slipping it five-hole through the legs of Desjardins, but Gagne countered for Tampa Bay with a shot from the right circle just over a minute later. Stamkos was credited with an assist, as was Martin St. Louis who tied for the scoring lead among all skaters with three points.
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