- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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How it happened: Sami Lepisto couldn’t clear a puck in overtime leading to the winning goal from Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier 4:06 into overtime. The Hawks gave up a two-goal lead in a wild middle 20 minutes. The second period is the kind of thing that gives coaches headaches, as the teams combined for eight goals after a scoreless first. Steven Stamkos had a hat trick in the period while Patrick Kane had three assists. The Hawks scored three times in a 1:05 span, including twice in 12 seconds. Guy Boucher promptly called a time out, and the Lightning tallied the final two goals to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the third period. Patrick Sharp scored twice in the second period for the Hawks and Marian Hossa tallied as well. Dan Carcillo scored his first goal as a Blackhawk on a breakaway.
What it means: Once again the Hawks didn’t play a perfect game but they got something out of it. And their second-period explosion is a reminder to the league they have as much firepower as anyone. They’ve missed Duncan Keith on defense the last two nights, as there have been breakdowns which led to players getting behind Hawk blue-liners for rebounds and tap-in goals. They’ve also blown two-goal leads in each game in Florida but were good enough to get another point in the standings on Friday to reach an 8-2-3 mark.
Fast goals: The two goals scored in 12 seconds in the second period were the fastest two tallies for the Hawks since Jan. 20, 2007 when they scored twice in nine seconds against Nashville. The last time they scored three in under 1:05 was Dec. 20, 1989 against St. Louis, when they did it in 59 seconds.
What’s next: The Hawks return to Chicago immediately following the game. A matchup with arch-rival Vancouver looms Sunday night at the United Center.
Rapid Reaction: The Blackhawks squandered a two-goal lead and lost in OT.