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Vasilevskiy, Lightning hang on against Penguins after Hedman scores late

Makes save along goal line as time expires; defenseman gets winner on power play with 57 seconds left

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

Vasilevskiy's game-saving robbery

PIT@TBL: Vasilevskiy robs Letang as time expires

Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a desperation glove save on the goal line as time expires, robbing Kris Letang of a game-tying tally

  • 02:15 •

TAMPA -- After Victor Hedman scored on the power play with 57 seconds remaining, Andrei Vasilevskiy made a glove save along the goal line against Kris Letang as time expired to preserve a 3-2 win for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh, playing with an extra attacker, pressured Vasilevskiy late, but he made the save on a Justin Schultz one-timer from the left face-off circle with 14 seconds remaining and another on a redirection by Jake Guentzel in the slot with two seconds left.

Letang shot Guentzel's rebound from the bottom of the right circle, and Vasilevskiy dove across from the left side of the crease to swipe the puck with his glove.


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"There was a big scramble, I just tried to cover the bottom of the net, seal the ice, and he just shot into my glove," said Vasilevskiy, who made 37 saves. "Kind of a never-give-up play. It works sometimes … not every time though."

The call on the ice that Letang's shot did not cross the goal line was upheld by video review.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said he thought it might have been a goal.

"I mean, it might be wishful thinking," Crosby said. "You've got to know for sure. Obviously, there's different angles they have that we don't get to see. It looks like it's in his webbing, and for a split second it looks like his webbing is over the line."

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

Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette scored for the Lightning (5-3-1), who have won three of their past four games.

Guentzel and Brandon Tanev scored, and Tristan Jarry made 45 saves for the Penguins (6-5-0), who have lost three in a row, including 4-2 to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

"[Tristan] played really well for us, he made some big saves," coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we played really hard, you know, against a team that's a pretty deep team. This is another game that could've went either way, it didn't go our way. That's two nights in a row now."

Hedman scored the winner with a shot from the center point off a pass from Steven Stamkos with Guentzel in the penalty box for holding. It was the second Tampa Bay power play in the final 4:41 of the game.

"It was obviously a little frustrating being down a goal going into the third," Hedman said. "We're a resilient group and we find ways to win. Today, the power play came through."

Killorn gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 9:46 of the first period when he redirected a shot by Nikita Kucherov for his first goal of the season.

Tanev tied the game 1-1 with a high backhand shot at 5:06 of the second.

Guentzel made it 2-1 when he scored off a touch pass from Crosby at 19:01 of the second. It was Crosby's 1,230th NHL point, moving him past Norm Ullman for 40th in NHL history.

"We were right there, back-to-back nights we get a lead," Crosby said. "Unfortunately, you've got to kill all those penalties."

Paquette tied it 2-2 at 7:07 of the third with his first goal of the season. He missed the first eight games of the season with an upper-body injury.

"[Paquette] is an extremely important player for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "For him to come back the way he did, he just brings an identity to his line."

Video: PIT@TBL: Paquette ties the game with redirection


They said it

"We played hard. [Goalie Tristan Jarry] was really, really good. He played a [heck] of a game. That's a good team. We knew they were going to come out hard. It's just how it ended. We're going to take this and learn what we can from it." -- Penguins defenseman Erik Gudbranson

"[Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy] with another highlight-reel save there. It was nice to get a good break there. I thought we deserved it tonight. We played hard for the most part and we had to come from behind. It was a nice comeback." -- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos


Need to know

Juuso Riikola, a defenseman, played forward for Pittsburgh with Adam Johnson scratched because of an upper-body injury. ... Killorn, Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist and Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk each had six shots on goal. ... Tampa Bay forward Luke Witkowski had a game-high nine hits and an assist on Paquette's goal.


What's next

Penguins: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SUN, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

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