Point's Hat Trick Powers Bolts Past Penguins 4-3

The Tampa Bay Lightning (13-5-1) rallied for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (7-7-3) on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.  Brayden Point keyed the win with a natural hat trick scoring three times in 91 seconds to get the win.

The Penguins tried to set the pace early in this game, coming through with two power play goals in the first period.  Patric Hornqvist scored at the 10:33 mark in the first period, before Phil Kessel made it 2-0 at the 13:49 mark.  The game began to take a huge turn late in the first period, though, when Brayden Point came through with a power play goal with three seconds to go to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 2-1.

Point did not stop there, as he began the third period like a house on fire.  First he scored just fifty-eight seconds in to tie the game 2-2, then followed it up with a third power play goal at the 1:28 mark that gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead.  When Pittsburgh answered with a second goal from Patric Hornqvist at the 4:29 mark to tie the game, the Bolts took advantage of a fourth power play goal, this time from Yanni Gourde, to take a 4-3 lead at the 7:56 mark of the second period.

From there the Lightning made all the key plays, led by goalie Louis Domingue, to secure the win.  Domingue, making his first start since Andrei Vasilevskiy suffered a lower body injury that will sideline him indefinitely, went 28-for-31 in net to clinch the win.

The Lightning road trip continues when they head to Philadelphia on Saturday to battle the Flyers in a rare afternoon game.  Puck drop is scheduled for 1 PM and coverage begins at 12:30 PM on News Radio 970 WFLA.


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