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Bolts let lead slip, fall to Stars 4-3 in OT

Tampa Bay held a two-goal lead in the second period but couldn't make it hold on Thursday

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

Thursday's game is one the Lightning let slip away.

Despite dominating play for long stretches, the Bolts couldn't make a two-goal second period lead hold up as they fell to the Stars 4-3 in overtime at Amalie Arena on Thursday night.

The Bolts and Stars both capitalized on early power play opportunities.

Alexander Radulov opened the scoring four minutes into the first period, slightly redirecting a Tyler Seguin shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy to give Dallas the early edge.

After coming up empty on their first opportunity with a man advantage, Tampa Bay took advantage on back-to-back chances. Mikhail Sergachev tied the game at one with a shot from the point that deflected off Anton Khudobin's glove and into the net. Less than three minutes later, Alex Killorn finished on the doorstep after being set up by a beautiful feed from Nikita Kucherov to give the Lightning a 2-1 advantage.  

Tampa Bay stretched the lead to two right out of the gate in the second period. Sergachev took a shot from the left point that deflected home off Ondrej Palat who was stationed in front of Khudobin.

Video: DAL@TBL: Palat scores deflection from in front

Despite controlling play for most of the second period, the Bolts couldn't extend their lead and had it trimmed back to one right before intermission. John Klingberg found Radek Faska open in the high slot and he wired a shot past Vasilevskiy who didn't have time to get set up.

The Bolts had their chances to extend the lead in the third period but couldn't break through. Khudobin came up with big stops on Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point in the period to keep Tampa Bay's lead at one. Dallas then tied the game at three with less than five minutes to play in regulation on a Jason Dickinson goal. The puck just trickled through Vasilevksiy's equipment on a shot from Andrew Cogliano and Dickinson was there to tap the puck over the line to force overtime.

In overtime, it was Tyler Seguin who secured the second point for Dallas. On one end of the ice, Tyler Johnson had a chance to win it for the Bolts but his shot missed wide and on the ensuing rush, Seguin fired home the game-winner on a two-on-one break.

Thursday's game was another case of the result not matching the Lightning's performance. Tampa Bay was in control for long stretches, outshooting the Stars 48-20 but couldn't find a way to close.

The OT loss means Tampa Bay wraps up the four-game homestand having collected five of a possible eight points.

Next up for the Bolts is a quick trip to Washington to face the Capitals on Saturday before they return to Amalie Arena to host the Panthers next Tuesday in the last game before the holiday break.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
DAL | 4:09 Alexander Radulov (10) - Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg - PPG
TBL | 12:58 Mikhail Sergachev (5) - Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat - PPG
TBL | 15:24 Alex Killorn (10) - Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman - PPG

2nd Period
TBL | 3:22 Ondrej Palat (10) - Mikhail Sergachev, Kevin Shattenkirk
DAL | 17:57 Radek Faksa (8) - John Klingberg, Denis Gurianov

3rd Period
DAL | 15:42 Jason Dickinson (5) - Andrew Cogliano, Roman Polak

DAL | 3:00 Tyler Seguin (8) - Alexander Radulov

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