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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2

By Scott Powers


CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Saturday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks looked to be in a comfortable position with a 2-0 lead and having shut down the Lightning's offense through 2 1/2 periods. But the Lightning evened the game with two goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period, forced overtime and ultimately won in the shootout. Martin St. Louis scored the Lightning's first goal at 10:08 of the third, and Teddy Purcell tied the score with a power-play goal at 11:51. The Blackhawks outshot the Lightning 39-16. The Blackhawks held the Lightning without a shot on goal for the entire first period. It was the first time since Dec. 4, 1946, that the Blackhawks didn't allow a shot on goal in a period. Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks 1-0 lead with a rebound goal 59 seconds into the second period, and Brandon Saad put them ahead 2-0 with a power-play goal later in the period. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop made 37 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 14 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks picked up another point with the shootout loss, but they're going to be disappointed that they didn't put the Lightning away in regulation. The Blackhawks were dominating both ends of the ice throughout much of the game. The Blackhawks went to the penalty box only once, and the Lightning made them pay for it. It was the fourth power-play goal the Blackhawks have allowed this season. The Blackhawks didn't give up their fourth total power-goal goal until the 13th game last season.

Player of the game: Bishop kept the Lightning in the game and eventually won it for them. He had 37 saves and stopped all three shootout shots.

What's next: The Blackhawks get another three days off before their next game. They play their first road game of the season against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.