Hedman taps in late goal, Lightning edges Blackhawks 3-2 to end 3-game slide
Thu, Nov 16, 2023
NHL News (AP)
CHICAGO (AP) - Victor Hedman snapped a tie 11:53 into the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Thursday night.
Brayden Point had a power-play goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, which had dropped three straight. Mikhail Sergachev scored in the second and assisted on Brandon Hagel's empty-netter.
Hedman, who also had an assist, slipped to the left edge of the crease and tapped in the puck for the game-winner after Erik Cernak's blue-line drive bounced off the back boards. The Lightning dominated the action for several minutes before Hedman's fourth goal of the season.
Lukas Reichel and Corey Perry scored for Chicago in its second straight loss. Connor Bedard, who had four goals and two assists in his previous two games, was held off the scoresheet.
The Lightning were shut out by Carolina and St. Louis in their previous two losses. Point's seventh goal, on a deflection at 4:40 of the second, tied it at 1 and ended Tampa Bay's scoring drought at 146 minutes and 50 seconds.
Jonas Johansson made 13 saves for the Lightning. Petr Mrazek blocked 25 shots for the Blackhawks.
Reichel opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 7:01 left in the first. Chicago's first-round draft pick in 2020, Reichel got his first goal in 14 games this season by redirecting Philipp Kurashev's shot from the right point.
The Lightning took a 2-1 lead on goals by Point and Sergachev just over 4 minutes apart in the second.
Point tied it at 1. Parked in the crease, he tipped Hedman's drive from the top of the slot.
The Lightning's previous goal was by Steven Stamkos with 2:10 left in Chicago's 5-3 win at Tampa Bay a week ago.
Point's goal withstood a video challenge by the Blackhawks. He appeared to have entered the Chicago zone offside, but was ruled in control of the puck.
Sergachev made it 2-1 on a screened shot from the left point at 9:01. His first goal of the season slipped through traffic and under Mrazek.
Perry tied it at 2 at 2:09 of the third, tapping in his fourth goal to complete a nifty passing play with Jason Dickinson and Boris Katchouk.
Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli left the game in the first after blocking Wyatt Kaiser's shot.
Chicago played without injured forwards Taylor Hall and Andreas Athanasiou, as well as defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who's on injured reserve.
Cernak returned after missing Tuesday's game at St. Louis with an upper-body injury.
Lightning: Host Edmonton on Saturday.
Blackhawk: At Nashville on Saturday.
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