The Lightning (26-24-8) are 4-0-2 in their past six games and 3-0-3 in their past six on the road. They lost 4-3 in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, making this game one they had to win.
The Lightning drew first blood at the 18:18 mark of the first period on Brayden Point‘s eighth goal of the season, assisted by Alex Killorn (14) and Victor Hedman (38). It was Hedman’s sixth point (3G, 3A) in his last three games.
The first period ended 1-0 Lightning, who were also up in shots 17-9.
The second period saw Vladislav Namestnikov score his 17th of the year at 10:09, assisted by Brian Boyle (9) and Valtteri Filppula (23). Namestnikov fired a wrist shot from the left dot that somehow got through Calvin Pickard‘s legs for a 2-0 Bolts lead. It was the first goal in ten games for Namestnikov. For Filppula, it was his first pont in eight games.
The second period ended 2-0 in favor of Tampa Bay. Shots were 30-14 in favor of the Lightning.
Tyler Johnson thought he scored his 18th on a spinning backhander to make it 3-1 at 10:44, but the goal was overturned after Colorado challenged it because of offsides.
The Bolts blew a two-goal lead for second consecutive night.
Jonathan Drouin saved the Lightning season for the time being as he scored at 2:27 of the overtime on a great individual effort by stealing the puck, splitting two defensemen and faking Pickard out of his jock.
The Bolts’ OT record is now 5-8 on the season.
Shots ended up 40-29 Tampa Bay. The Lightning was 0 for 2 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
Coach Jon Cooper on Drouin, “You get him that close to the net with the puck and little bit of time and space, he can do some pretty magical things.”
Ben Bishop on Drouin, “He wasn’t going to be denied. He was a man on a mission.”
Tyler Johnson on Drouin, “A pretty heroic effort.”
Tampa Bay will host Edmonton Tuesday at 7:30 PM.