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Lightning move one point out of wild card with OT win

Yanni Gourde scores winner to complete three-goal comeback against Blackhawks

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning moved one point out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference after a 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Monday.

The Lightning (37-29-9) trail the Boston Bruins for the second wild card with seven games remaining and are one point ahead of the New York Islanders, who lost to the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Monday.

Yanni Gourde scored the game-winner with 35 seconds left in the overtime when he beat Scott Darling on a breakaway to complete a three-goal comeback after trailing 4-1.

 

WATCH: All Blackhawks vs. Lightning highlights

 

"It's a pretty amazing moment," Gourde said. "I've worked very hard to be here. Obviously, I was in the [ECHL] at a moment in my career. It's very special to be here and be playing along these guys. It's a pretty amazing feeling."

Jonathan Drouin scored twice, and Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy was temporarily pulled for Peter Budaj in the first period but returned and made 25 saves on 29 shots.

Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik scored for the Blackhawks (48-21-7), who are eight points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division. Darling made 25 saves.

Panik gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead at 8:47 of the second period when he was able to score off a rebound of his own shot.

Video: CHI@TBL: Panik nets his own rebound to extend lead

Drouin started the Lightning comeback when he made it 4-2 at 11:45 of the second period with a redirection off a shot form Alex Killorn.

Stralman made it 4-3 at 12:47 when he beat Darling with a shot high on the glove side off a pass from Greg McKegg.

Drouin's 20th goal of the season tied it 4-4 at 16:24 with a slap shot high on Darling's stick side.

"We don't get down on ourselves, we just get going and keep playing our game and it goes both ways," Drouin said. "I liked the way we were down 4-1, in a huge game like this and we answered the right way."

Panarin made it 1-0 at 1:23 of the first period when his one-timer from the left circle trickled between Vasilevskiy's pads.

Palat tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 9:29.

Video: CHI@TBL: Palat pots PPG with nifty deflection

Kane gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead on the next shift at 10:17 when he found space in the slot and beat Vasilevskiy with a wrist shot to the stick side.

Jurco scored his first goal of the season to make it 3-1 at 13:41.

"We were 100 percent better than we were last game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had everything going our way there and we started getting cute in the neutral zone and some poor turnovers gave them some rush chances. We have got to be better with the puck."

 

Goal of the game

McKegg passed up a shot on a wraparound and made a centering pass to Stralman, who scored his fourth goal of the season.

Video: CHI@TBL: Stralman cashes in on McKegg's nice feed

 

Save of the game

Vasilevskiy stopped Kane on a breakaway at 7:24 of the third period.

"I think every save I make on Kane is a huge save," Vasilevskiy said. "I just played the situation, it wasn't anything crazy."

Video: CHI@TBL: Vasilevskiy robs Kane with terrific pad stop

 

Unsung performance of the game

Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin had five shots and three hits in 20:40 of ice time. He helped slow down Kane on a third-period breakaway with poke checks and Vasilevskiy made the save.

"[Kane] makes a good play there, but huge, huge save by Vasilevskiy," Dotchin said. "I thought I had [Kane] but he stayed with the puck, I don't how he did it."

 

Highlight of the game

Gourde's game-winner came after Hedman successfully poked the puck away from Panarin. Gourde took control of the puck in the neutral zone and beat Darling on the glove side with a wrist shot.

Video: CHI@TBL: Gourde buries OT game-winner on a breakaway

 

They said it

"It's tough. We had such a good first period and a good start to the second. They turned it on there in the last 10 minutes in the second. It's pretty impressive, and I thought we played good. I've got to come up with a save there in OT." -- Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling

 

"[This win] is not going to mean anything unless we get ourselves in [the playoffs]. This was just another step...and it's a really exciting one. But just like we had to regroup after the Arizona game, we have to regroup after the Chicago game. We got the two [points] we came for. Now it's all about [the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday]."-- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Need to know

Hedman had three assists, giving him 50 this season. ... Kucherov had two assists and has 80 points (38 goals, 42 assists) this season. ... Jurco hadn't scored since Feb. 18, 2016, as a member of the Red Wings.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D, NHL.TV) 

 

Video: Gourde's late OT goal lifts Lightning past Blackhawks

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