As the final score indicates, this game was a goaltending clinic. Both Andrei Vasilevskiy and Antti Raanta were sensational. They combined to make 69 saves during regulation time and many of those stops were of the highlight reel variety.
Outside of the goaltending, this game featured playoff-type intensity and lots of physical play. At different points, one team enjoyed a momentum surge over the other, only to see the tide eventually turn. At one point in the second period, the Lightning recorded 12 unanswered shots on Raanta. But the Rangers also had their dominant moments, including the early and late parts of the second and the closing minutes of the third.
Individually for the Lightning, Adam Erne had a strong game with six shots. Yanni Gourde, playing just his third game of the season for the Lightning, gave the Rangers problems with his speed and relentless play. Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov both had several dangerous scoring chances and Tyler Johnson won 22 of 26 faceoffs.
Ultimately, the game came down to an errant Lightning pass in the offensive zone that led to a breakaway goal for Mika Zibanejad. In three-on-three overtime hockey, these plays can happen and that one cost the Lightning a chance to pick up the second point.
But in playing their third game in four nights (and second straight OT contest), they did earn one point - and in the process gained ground on a number of the teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. We'll see where they stand when they return to action Thursday against Minnesota.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito):
Raanta's late third period save on Kucherov.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito):
- Antti Raanta - Rangers. Shutout win with 38 saves.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy - Lightning 33 saves.
- "Everybody Else"