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Bolts rally in third, fall to Red Wings 5-4 in a shootout

The Lightning scored twice in the third to force overtime and salvage a point on Sunday in Detroit

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

Robby Fabbri scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to send the Lightning to a 5-4 loss in Detroit on Sunday evening.

Having played a game less than 24 hours ago in Boston, the Lightning got off to a sluggish start. The Bolts were outshot 9-7 in the opening 20 minutes and trailed by a goal after Robby Fabbri converted on a breakaway midway through the period. Fabbri managed to get free behind the Lightning defense and beat Curtis McElhinney with a shot to the stick side.

Tampa Bay found its footing in the second period, scoring twice in less than four minutes to grab the lead. A loose puck found Brayden Point at the left circle and he wired home a power play goal 11 minutes into the period to tie the game at one. Carter Verhaeghe then gave the Bolts the lead with a shot from the boards that deflected off a Detroit defender on its way into the net.

Video: TBL@DET: Point scores PPG after assist from Kucherov

The Lightning appeared to be headed to the locker room with a lead but Dylan Larkin tied the game at two with 15 seconds remaining. Anthony Mantha took the initial shot and the puck fell in the crease to Larkin before McElhinney could get over.

Detroit carried that momentum over the third period with a pair of goals in the opening five minutes. Mantha gave the Red Wings the lead with a power play goal 1:11 into the period and Tyler Bertuzzi doubled the lead on a two-on-one break in short order.

Tampa Bay had an answer, however, with Point and Pat Maroon scoring in succession to tie the game at four. Point pulled the Bolts within one when his shot deflected twice off a Detroit defender. Pat Maroon then capitalized on a rebound in the crease six minutes later to tie the game once again.

Neither team found a way to break through in overtime. The Bolts led through the first round of the shootout with Mikhail Sergachev scoring and McElhinney making a save on Sam Gagner. Point and Nikita Kucherov were both stopped in the second and third rounds while Dylan Larkin and Fabbri converted to give the extra point to the Wings.

After Saturday's physically demanding game in Boston, Jon Cooper threw out a fresh lineup on Sunday. Luke Schenn and Carter Verhaeghe both drew in after both being healthy scratches the last few games. The Bolts also got good and bad news on the injury front with Ryan McDonagh returning from a 14-game absence but Victor Hedman being held out with a lower-body injury. It was announced that Hedman was day-to-day.  

Scoring Summary
1st Period
DET | 10:11 Robby Fabbri (15) - Tyler Bertuzzi

2nd Period
TBL | 11:11 Brayden Point (24) - Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov - PPG
TBL | 14:57 Carter Verhaeghe (9) - Unassisted
DET | 19:45 Dylan Larkin (19) - Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi

3rd Period
DET | 1:41 Anthony Mantha (16) - Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi - PPG
DET | 4:24 Tyler Bertuzzi (20) - Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin
TBL | 5:55 Brayden Point (25) - Yanni Gourde
TBL | 11:19 Pat Maroon (9) - Luke Schenn, Yanni Gourde

Overtime
No Scoring

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