Alex Killorn scored 3:43 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the visiting Dallas Stars 5-4 on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked up the secondary assist on the goal giving him 500 for his career.
Killorn had a couple of chances earlier in OT, but Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger stood tall.
The next opportunity he had he made it count, taking a feed from Mikhail Sergachev and firing one past Oettinger to send the Amalie faithful home happy.
Speaking of Sergachev, he was the reason the game extended past regulation.
With Tampa Bay on the power play and holding a 4-3 lead late in the third period, the Lightning point man turned over the puck right in front of his own net & Dallas forward Radek Faksa pounced on it & beat Bolts netminder Brian Elliott to tie the game at four with 4:42 remaining.
The Faksa goal did not deter Tampa Bay as they continued to push for the game-winner, but the game ultimately wasn't decided until Killorn said so.
You can tell that fast starts have been a focus for the Lightning because for the second straight contest, they scored within the first two minutes of the game.
On Sunday night against the Capitals, Sergachev scored 83 seconds in. Tonight, Ross Colton did it three seconds quicker.
"The Boss" pounced on a rebound of a Vladislav Namestnikov shot out in front and fired it home to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 1:20.
Play was pretty even across the board until Mason Marchment deflected a Jason Robertson shot for a power play goal at 14:45 to tie the game at one apiece.
The score remained 1-1 until the 4:47 mark of the 2nd, when Tampa Bay made Dallas pay for a Faksa interference penalty.
Nick Paul was able to outmuscle Stars center Roope Hintz in front and fire one past Oettinger for a power play goal to put the Bolts ahead 2-1.
That lead lasted less than four minutes of game time as Dallas responded in a big way, scoring two goals in less than two minutes.
First, Joe Pavelski scored a power play goal of his own at 8:52. Then, he assisted on a Robertson goal at 9:57.
The momentum was clearly on the visitors side until Stamkos answered with an equalizer less than five minutes later.
The captain deflected a centering feed from Ian Cole over the glove of Oettinger to tie things up at three at 14:23.
Cole showed off some filthy mitts to score his first goal as a member of the Lightning at 3:55 of the third.
Following a Victor Hedman blast from the point, Paul found the rebound and kicked it to Cole at the side of the net. The veteran defenseman made a quick move from forehand-to-backhand-to-forehand to stuff the puck into the net before Oettinger could slide over to put the home team up 4-3.
Oettinger stopped 33 of the 38 shots he saw on the evening.
Elliott had 28 saves on 32 shots for his fourth win in five games this season.
- Tampa Bay - Colton - (Namestnikov, Myers) - 1:20
- Dallas - PPG - Marchment - (Robertson ) - 14:45
- Tampa Bay - PPG - Paul (Perry, Colton) - 4:47
- Dallas - PPG - Pavelski - (Heiskanen, Benn) - 8:02
- Dallas - Robertson - (Pavelski, Heiskanen) - 9:57
- Tampa Bay - Stamkos - (Cole, Killorn) - 14:23
- Tampa Bay - Cole - (Paul, Hedman) - 3:55
- Dallas - SHG - Faksa - (Unassisted) - 15:18
- Tampa Bay - Killorn - (Sergachev, Stamkos) - 3:43
- Tampa Bay - Perbix - (Hooking) - 13:37
- Dallas - Faksa - (Interference) - 3:12
- Tampa Bay - Paul - (Hooking) - 6:21
- Dallas - Johnston - (Hooking) - 7:35
- Tampa Bay - Namestnikov - (Goalie Interference) - 7:35
- Dallas - Lundkvist - (Holding) - 10:51
- Dallas - Lundkvist - (Holding the Stick) - 16:20
- Dallas - TEAM - (Delay of Game) - 3:55
- Dallas - Kiviranta - (High Sticking) - 14:57
What's Next For The Bolts : The Lightning are back in action on Thursday night as they welcome the Calgary Flames to Amalie Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00pm.
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