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Hedman's late goal lifts Bolts over Pens

Victor Hedman scored the game-winner with 57 seconds remaining in regulation in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday

by Jacob Lynn / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: PIT 2, TBL 3

Hedman, Vasilevskiy lead Lightning to 3-2 win

Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy made a spectacular save as time expired to give the Lightning a 3-2 win

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Victor Hedman scored a power play goal with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to break a tie game and give the Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday night.

The win didn't come without a fair share of stress for Tampa Bay.

It took a couple good breaks for the Lightning down the stretch - Hedman's goal coming at the end of two unproductive power plays and a lengthy review in the dying seconds - to secure a much-needed win for the Bolts.

Hedman saved the Lightning from back-to-back wasted power play opportunities down the stretch. Then after the Bolts took the lead, the officials huddled to review a Pittsburgh shot that came close to crossing the goal line as time expired. Players began exiting the ice and fans celebrated right after the final horn, but it took several minutes for the officials to conclude that the puck had not gone over the line.

Video: PIT@TBL: Killorn starts the scoring with deflection

Tampa Bay got off to a solid-enough start with Alex Killorn striking first midway through the first period. Capping off a fantastic shift, Killorn deflected a Nikita Kucherov point shot past Tristan Jarry to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

Pittsburgh answered back with goals from Brandon Tanev and Jake Guentzel to take a one-goal lead into the second intermission. Tanev finished from in close with backhand shot that he lifted over Andrei Vasilevskiy's shoulder and Guentzel finished off a beautiful feed from Sidney Crosby to give Pittsburgh the lead.

Guentzel's goal served as a gut punch for the Lightning, who had though they'd taken the lead seconds prior. Yanni Gourde hit the right post with a shot and crashed into the crease giving Pittsburgh numbers heading back down the ice on the ensuing rush.

Although outshot 16-11 in the final period, the Lightning managed to answer back with a pair of goals to secure the win. Playing in his first game of the year, Cedric Paquette tied the game with a deflection in the slot with 13 minutes remaining. Hedman followed that up with a blast from the point that Jarry had trouble tracking through a screen in front to give Tampa Bay a lead they would not relinquish.

Video: PIT@TBL: Hedman nets late go-ahead power-play goal

For the Lightning's second straight game, the shots on goal totals were misleading. Coming off a 46-shot performance in Saturday's loss to Colorado, the Lightning outshot the Pens 48-39 on Wednesday. Despite the lopsided final numbers, it was actually Pittsburgh that created the majority of the dangerous scoring chances.

Another area of concern for the Lightning has been the production of the power play unit. Although Hedman's goal bailed them out, Tampa Bay was only 1-for-4 with the man advantage on the night and generated only six shots.

Things don't get any easier for the Lightning as they face the Predators in the finale of a three-game homestand on Saturday night.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 9:46 Alex Killorn (1) - Nikita Kucherov, Mikhail Sergachev

2nd Period
PIT | 5:06 Brandon Tanev (2) - Unassisted
PIT | 19:01 Jake Guentzel (6) - Sidney Crosby, Dominik Simon

3rd Period
TBL | 7:07 Cedric Paquette (1) - Ryan McDonagh, Luke Witkowski
TBL | 19:03 Victor Hedman (2) - Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson

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