Stamkos Delivers Shootout Winner, Lightning Defeat Blue Jackets

Lightning Kill Penalty In Overtime, Win In Shootout

The Tampa Bay Lightning blew a two goal third period lead. Then in overtime, Steven Stamkos was sent to the box for what he called a dumb penalty. Tampa Bay was able to kill off the penalty and Stamkos redeemed himself by scoring the only goal in the shootout leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Goes to show, you can go from hero to a goat pretty quick if they score on that dumb penalty I took in overtime.” Stamkos said. “So, obviously a lot of thanks to the PK guys. They did a great job, especially Vasy with some great saves just to get that opportunity.”

Stamkos scored in regulation along with Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and Yanni Gourde. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves as the Bolts improve to 11-2-2. The 24 points is the most through 15 games in franchise history.

Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Markus Hannikainen, and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves as the Blue Jackets fall to 9-4-1.

Stamkos isn’t usually called upon in shootouts but Coach Cooper felt tonight was a night to give him the opportunity. “For me, I think he was down on himself that he took that penalty in overtime.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “He was very positive on the bench when the guys killed it off. I was hoping he was going to go out there and snipe one, and he did.”

“I think for him, being able to go out there and lift the team up after we lifted him up by killing the penalty off was a great job by him.”

How It Happened:

Seth Jones opened the scoring at the 2:30 mark but the Lightning quickly answered with goals by Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov within a minute of each other. All told the two teams scored three goals within the span of 1:02. Zach Werenski’s goal at the 10:55 mark of the first period tied the game at 2-2.

In the second period the Bolts took a commanding 4-2 lead on goals by Steven Stamkos and Yanni Gourde.  The Lightning were unable to build on their lead or keep the Blue Jackets off the board in the third period as Markus Hannikainen, and Brandon Dubinsky each scored to force overtime.

“When you have a two-goal lead in the third at home, it should be automatic. Our team has been pretty good at that over the years.” Stamkos said about blowing the two goal lead. “We will watch the tape and get better, I think it’s just keeping focus and being aggressive. We knew they were going to have a push, but it was nice to still get the win.”

In overtime, Steven Stamkos was sent to the box for tripping. The Blue Jackets were unable to sustain an attack as they kept clearing the puck out of their own zone. “It’s just the way it was. It’s not going to be perfect, we understand that.” Seth Jones said.  “We were in the middle of a change one time and the other time just bad communication.”

In the shootout, both Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point were each turned away by Bobrovsky before Stamkos sniped in the game winner.

Lightning Notes:

  • Brayden Point scored his seventh goal of the season. He now has points in six of his last seven games. Point ranks third on the Lightning with 16 points (9-7–16).
  • Less than a minute after Point’s game tying goal, Nikita Kucherov scored his NHL leading 14th goal of the season. He now has a point in 13 of the Bolts 15 games this season and a has scored a goal in 11-of-15.
  • Steven Stamkos scored his seventh goal of the season. He leads the NHL with 19 points (7-18–25).
  • Yanni Gourde scored his fourth goal of the season. It was his ninth point of the season eclipsing his career high eight (2016-2017).
  • Victor Hedman notched an assist on Stamkos’ and Gourde’s goals giving him 10 assists on the season. It marks his 77th career multi-point game (including post-season).

Up Next For Lightning:

Tampa Bay heads out west for a three game road trip starting Wednesday night in San Jose.  On Thursday night the Bolts are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings. The road trip concludes on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.

 

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