Rapid Reaction: Lightning 6, Hawks 5 (OT)

October, 24, 2013
10/24/13
9:45
PM CT
By Chris Girandola
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum:

How it happened: The Lightning won on an overtime goal by right winger Martin St. Louis when he put in a rebound past Nikolai Khabibulin. After the Blackhawks fought back from their first two-goal deficit of the season to take a 4-3 lead early in the third period on Andrew Shaw's first goal of the season, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the season at the 11:03 mark to even the score. With a little less than two minutes left in regulation, Lightning center Steven Stamkos delighted the 18,820 in attendance with a power-play goal, his second of the game and his seventh of the season.

The Blackhawks tied the score seconds later on a bizarre play when Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle tried to send a pass back to Radko Gudas, but the puck ricocheted off Gudas' stick and past Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop. The Lightning began the high-scoring affair when they took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power-play goal by Carle. The Blackhawks found themselves trailing by two goals more than a minute into the second period when Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson put a shot past Khabibulin for a short-handed goal. Left winger Bryan Bickell put the Blackhawks on the board at the nine-minute mark of the second frame when he gathered a rebound off a slap shot by Brent Seabrook and easily put it past Bishop. A little more than a minute later, right winger Marian Hossa deflected in a wrist shot by Patrick Sharp for his fourth goal of the season and a 2-2 tie. The Lightning regained the lead at 17:21 of the second period when Stamkos weaved his way past three Chicago players and flicked a shot past Khabibulin. With more than a minute left in the period, Patrick Kane scored his fifth goal of the season to even the score when he took a turnover and raced unabated down the ice, placing the puck under the pads of Bishop.

What it means: The Blackhawks lost for the first time since suffering a 3-2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 9. The point moved Chicago into a first-place tie in the Central Division with the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks and Avalanche won't meet until Nov. 19 in Denver.

Player of the game: Shaw's first goal of the season not only put the Blackhawks back in the lead momentarily, but it helped salvage a point for the Blackhawks.

Stat of the game: For the third straight game, the Blackhawks were shut out in the first period. In addition, it is the first time this season the Blackhawks have trailed by two goals.

What's next: The Blackhawks return to Chicago where they will take on the Minnesota Wild in a home-and-home. After playing Saturday at the United Center, the Blackhawks will face the Wild on the road two days later.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26