Zach Parise's shootout goal elevated the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win in a shootout over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. The loss snaps a two game winning streak for the Bolts.
Following a scoreless first period, Minnesota broke the scoreless tie on the man advantage as Nino Niederreiter jumped on a rebound and slid a backhand shot five-hole past Andrei Vasilevskiy. The power play tally put Minnesota ahead 1-0 over Tampa Bay. The Bolts didn't waste any time as Brayden Point tied the game less than three minutes later redirecting a pass from Jason Garrison through his own legs and past Devan Dubnyk, knotting the game late in the second period.
The two teams went back and forth in a wild third period of action, but regulation play ended in a tie and the contest went to overtime and then into a shootout. That's where Parise's tally in the third round ended the contest, but the Tampa Bay Lightning walked away with a crucial point in defeat.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 37 saves in the game. The Bolts will have no time to rest as they are heading to Winnipeg for a date with the Jets on Saturday night at 7:00pm. You can catch all the action on 970AM WFLA.
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