Tampa, Florida (AFP) Stephen Stamkos scored the only penalty shootout goal while Brian Elliott blocked three penalties to give Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild after taking a two-goal lead late Sunday night.
Minnesota tied in the third half to tie in 4 on two free goals from Kevin Viala and Joel Erickson over 2:09. But The Wild was unable to score in overtime during a power game that lasted about a minute and a half.
Tampa Bay also scored two goals from Anthony Cirelli and a goal by Pat Maron and Alex Barry Boulet. Elliott saved 28 saves in regulation one day after the Lightning took the lead in the third game with two goals in a 5-3 loss to New Jersey.
Ondrej Palat of Tampa Bay’s shot hit the empty net and hit the post before Wild caught it.
“Listen, eventually you’re going to blow threads,” said Lightning coach John Cooper. “Breaks went the other team’s way in the last two minutes. Good for them, they earned it. Saying that, the guys took him out.”
Marcos Foligno and Brandon Dohemi scored the other goals for Minnesota, and Kabo Kahkkonen stopped 20 shots. Wilde had a pair of empty nets in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Florida.
“We went in and talked to them after the game, and we just said…we hate doing what we keep doing, but we love what we keep doing,” Wilde coach Dean Evason said. “We don’t want to do that, but we love flexibility. We don’t give up.”
Cirelli put Lightning up 3-2 when he scored on a close rebound with 2:53 per second remaining. Barré-Boulet made it 4-2 from the lower right circle after Stamkos’ shot from Wild defended John Merrill at 9:19 of the third.
Jordan Greenway had a short-handed quarterback early in the third inning after Elliott but Barry Boulet shot it safely from the pucker. Barré-Boulet, who was sent to Syracuse from the AHL on Friday, was called up before the game.
“I was a bit scared that I would run out of energy,” said Barré-Boulet, who received a 4:15 a.m. wake-up call to fly from Syracuse.
Both teams came out of defeat on Saturday and spawned a lively first period that saw Tampa Bay advance 2-0 at midway with a powerful Cirelli-Maron tally.
Foligno cut the difference late in the first half with a power play before Doheme equalized by 2 early in the second.
Minnesota’s Ryan Hartman was sent off about 3½ minutes before the start of the first half for tripping over a faltering foot from Ross Colton and returned to fight Zac Bogosian 9 seconds after the penalty kick ended.
Who is missing?
Wilde: Defendersman Jared Spurgeon sat with a lower body injury he picked up in Saturday’s game. It will be reassessed on Monday.
“So, are we worried?” Evason said. “Sure, but I hope it doesn’t shake as badly.”
Lightning: The team has announced that Bryden Point center will be out indefinitely due to an upper body injury. Point hit hard in the final boards on Saturday and seemed to favor his left shoulder arm afterwards. Cooper said the team is awaiting additional information about the injury. …. Tampa Bay right winger Nikita Kucherov (lower body), who missed his 14th game, is expected to be out in another four to six weeks.
In a match between reserve goalkeepers, Elliott appeared in his third game of the season and Kahkkonen’s fourth. … Tampa Bay Victor Hedman got an assist to extend his points streak to five games (five, seven points). …Maroon has goals in consecutive games.
Wilde: In New Jersey on a Wednesday night.
Lightning: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
(© Copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)