Antti Raanta made 38 saves in the shutout victory for the Rangers.
Despite the loss, the Bolts earned an important point which pulled them two points away from the playoffs.
The Rangers outshot the Lightning 12-9. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid. The period had 25 hits and 20 penalty minutes in it.
The scoreless second period was a disjointed, penalty filled 20 minutes.
Cumulative shot totals were 25-24 in favor of Tampa Bay. 12 more penalty minutes and another 13 hits occurred in the second period.
Vasilevskiy sparkled in the period, making big save after big save.
The third period saw Andrei Vasilevskiy cement his number one status as he kept the Bolts even with the Rangers. He made three important stops on sniper Rick Nash. The game headed to overtime as the Bolts earned an important point.
Shots ended up 38-34 Lightning. In a physical and entertaining game, the hits were 23-23.
“I think that was one of the best game’s we played all year. Effort was there. Energy was there. If we play like that, I’ll take our chances,” said Ondrej Palat.
Anton Stralman on Vasilevskiy’s play, “He’s taken his game to another level. That’s what we need.”
“It was one of those games that I thought both teams deserved a point. I think we deserved another one. We did everything in our power to win. But give them credit: They’re a 40-win team for a reason,” stated coach Jon Cooper.
“We played physical. We played mean,” Hedman said.
Tampa Bay will host the Wild on Thursday at 7:30.