Canucks Beat Lightning 5-4 In Shootout

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning came back from a two goal deficit to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout against the Canucks, it failed to score in the shootout and lost 5-4 on Tuesday night.

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Canucks Lead Lightning 4-2 After Second Period

Steven Stamkos cut the Canucks lead in half at 10:12 of the second period after Ryan Malone played the puck from the boards and fed Stamkos for his league leading 29th goal of the season. A few minutes later, Manny Malhotra, who has not had stellar numbers this season, found the back of the net to extend Vancouver’s lead to 3-1.

The Lightning continued to generate pressure on Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, including Stamkos being robbed by Schneider on a breakaway. Following that glove save, Vincent Lecavalier scored on a rebound with only 31.6 second left in the second period.

Seconds after the Lightning goal, Stamkos was checked in the Lightning zone and immediately skated off to the team locker room.

To make matters worse for Tampa Bay, Ryan Kessler ran into Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson and although it appeared there was evidence of goaltender inference, Kesler was credited with the goal, which was scored with 1.4 seconds before the period expired.

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Canucks Lead Lightning 2-0 After First

The first period could have been an uglier one for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were very soft on the puck for the majority of it, but a more aggressive effort in the latter minutes of the period.

The Vancouver Canucks showed why they were the league leaders in power play goals scored when Alexander Edler put one behind Dwayne Roloson at 2:36. Although the power play came because of a botched goaltender interference call to Martin St. Louis (who was pushed in the Vancouver goaltender),the Canucks got on the board anyway.

It looked like the Bolts could get on the board when they went on the power play but the Canucks were able to take a 2-0 lead on a shorthanded goal scored by Jannik Hansen.

Tampa Bay did get another power play chance at 15:50, where they played more aggressively and got four shots on Cory Schneider.

Shots at the end of the first period were Canucks: 9 and Lightning: 7.

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