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Lightning rally late, fall to Stars in OT

Steven Stamkos scored both goals in a 3-2 loss in Dallas on Monday

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning /

The Lightning resumed play following a nine-day layoff for the the bye week and All-Star break on Monday night, falling to the Stars 3-2 in overtime.

After a scoreless opening period, Steven Stamkos and Denis Gurianov traded goals in the second.

Stamkos got the Bolts on the board first 14 minutes into the period, deflecting a Nikita Kucherov point shot past Ben Bishop. Gurianov answered four minutes later, streaking down the left wing and beating Andrei Vasilevskiy through his five-hole to tie the game 1-1 through 40 minutes.

Dallas took the lead nine minutes into the third period after Jamie Benn beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway. Benn came in on a clean breakaway, faking a forehand shot before pulling the puck back and scoring on his backhand.

Tampa Bay forced overtime with 1:26 to play in regulation on Stamkos' second goal of the night. With Vasilevskiy pulled for an extra attacker, the Lightning cycled the puck around the offensive zone to Stamkos who wired home a one-timer from the left circle.

Video: TBL@DAL: Stamkos nets one-timer for second goal

In overtime, Benn secured the extra point for the Stars with his second goal of the night. He forced a turnover as the Bolts appeared on the way out of their own zone and beat Vasilevskiy from in close.

The game as dominated by great play from both goaltenders. Vasilevskiy faced a lot of rubber, finishing the night with 32 saves. On the other end, Bishop didn't face as much pressure but came up with some key stops.

Neither team's power play had much success on Monday. Both teams went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Tampa Bay limited Dallas to only two shots on goal in those four power play opportunities.

The Bolts now head west to California where they'll face the Kings on Wednesday night.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
No Scoring

2nd Period
TBL | 13:41 Steven Stamkos (19) - Nikita Kucherov, Jan Rutta
DAL | 17:49 Denis Gurianov (12) - Tyler Seguin, Esa Lindell

3rd Period
DAL | 9:06 Jamie Benn (13) - Unassisted
TBL | 18:34 Steven Stamkos (20) - Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov

DAL | 2:07 Jamie Benn (14) - Unassisted

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