|VAN||2||2||0||0||1 (1 - 2)||5|
|TBL||0||2||2||0||0 (0 - 3)||4|
The Tampa Bay Lightning had no problem taking a loss in the shootout on Tuesday night.
Not after overcoming a pair of two-goal deficits against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks.
Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, and Dwayne Roloson made 24 saves, as the Lightning fell 5-4 in a shootout in front of a crowd of 17,630 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Martin St. Louis also had two assists for Tampa Bay, which despite losing for the fourth straight game, took solace in earning one point in the standings.
“Of course we’d like to get the two points,” St. Louis said. “But for me, we showed character again and I thought this was something we can build off of. The way were able to get a point the way that we did, there’s a positive in there. Against a pretty good Vancouver team, we’ll take it any day.”
Behind 4-2 in the final period, Steve Downie and Malone exchanged goals in a span of 12:45 to tie the game at four and send the contest into overtime.
Downie first beat Cory Schneider at 6:14 of the third to bring the Lightning to within one, and Malone scored from near the post with exactly one minute left in regulation after taking a nifty pass from St. Louis. The goal was upheld after an official review.
“I thought we pushed the pace in that period,” St. Louis added. “It showed us coming back and the scoring chances we generated. We pushed the pace.”
Schneider stopped 27 of 31 shots in the game, and all three shooters he faced in the tiebreaker, while Mason Raymond scored the game-winning goal in the shootout, beating Roloson with a spin-o-rama backhand.Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen, Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler had Vancouver’s goals in regulation. The Canucks have now won three of their past four.
Edler snapped his own nine-game scoring drought by grabbing Vancouver an early 1-0 lead when his slap shot from the point appeared to deflect off a Lightning stick in front on its way into the net at 2:36.Hansen then doubled the score while shorthanded, converting a rebound from below the left circle just before the midway point of the first.
“We came out real well and our energy level and focus was good,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said. “We played a real sound first period, and after that, our emotion and effort was there.”
Tampa Bay cut the deficit in half at 10:12 after Stamkos took a feed from Malone in front of the net and snuck one past Schneider to make it 2-1.
The Lightning forward has nine goals in his past seven games and leads the league with 29 on the year.
Malhotra wasted little time getting the Canucks back up two, adding his fourth of the season for a 3-1 lead just 2:15 later.
The teams also traded goals in the final minute of the second, with Lecavalier scoring on a rebound with 31.6 seconds left after Schneider made a save on Stamkos during a breakaway. Kesler then countered with 1.4 seconds to go.
Vancouver entered the game at 20-0-0 when leading after two periods.
That seemed to be in jeopardy once Downie made it 4-3 after poking home a shot by Pavel Kubina that deflected off Schneider’s shoulder. Malone’s eighth of the year then stood up and drew the Lightning even at four after it was determined there was no distinct kicking motion when St. Louis’ pass deflected off the winger’s skate and into the net.
Schneider stopped just one shot in the overtime period and was flawless in the shootout to give Vancouver the victory.
Tampa Bay saw its four-game home win streak come to an end.
“We have to stay positive,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “Like everything else this year, everything comes extremely hard and we have to fight for everything we hope to get. We’ve got to take the positive out of this one. It would have been easy to get nothing tonight against a team like that.”
|Alexander Edler (7) ASST: Alexander Sulzer (1), Henrik Sedin (39)|
1 - 0 VAN
|SHG - Jannik Hansen (13) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (18)|
2 - 0 VAN
|Steven Stamkos (29) ASST: Ryan Malone (14), Marc-Andre Bergeron (20)|
2 - 1 VAN
|Manny Malhotra (4) ASST: Mike Duco (1), Keith Ballard (6)|
3 - 1 VAN
|Vincent Lecavalier (16) ASST: Steven Stamkos (18), Matt Gilroy (11)|
3 - 2 VAN
|Ryan Kesler (12) ASST: Mason Raymond (5), Cody Hodgson (15)|
4 - 2 VAN
|Steve Downie (7) ASST: Pavel Kubina (7), Martin St. Louis (22)|
4 - 3 VAN
|Ryan Malone (8) ASST: Martin St. Louis (23), Vincent Lecavalier (14)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1||R. Malone||K. Bieksa|
|2||D. Moore||M. Raymond|
|Martin St. Louis Interference on goalkeeper against Cory Schneider|
|Andrew Alberts Hooking against Martin St. Louis|
|Keith Ballard Tripping against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Dominic Moore Roughing against Maxim Lapierre|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Keith Ballard|
|Alexandre Burrows Interference on goalkeeper against Dwayne Roloson|
|Eric Brewer Holding against Ryan Kesler|
|SA: 31||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 27||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .871||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 28||TOI: 64:30|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .857||SH: 2 - 3|
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