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Lightning vs. Blackhawks: Tied 4-4 After Two Periods

The Tampa Bay Lightning started the second period scoring frenzy 15 seconds into the period when Steven Stamkos popped in a rebound behind Ray Emery. 20 seconds later, Brett Connolly was handed a very questionable tripping penalty that resulted in a power play goal for the Chicago Blackhawks at 1:05, when Patrick Sharpe put one in behind Roloson after after a textbook cross-slot pass from Jonathan Toews

A few minutes later, Brett Connolly jumped on the puck in the crease after fighting off of a few Chicago players, giving the Lightning its second lead of the game at 15:05. Marian Hossa tied the game at two at 6:17 of the second period. The Lightning showcased more of that shaky defense it has throughout the season, with a few neutral zone turnovers, including a Marc Andre Bergeron giveaway that resulted in a breakaway goal for Dan Carcillo, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead. The Blackhawks continued the pressure in the offensive zone and Sharp scored his second goal of the game twelve seconds later putting the Blackhawks up by two goals.

After Sharp scored, Lightning coach Guy Boucher called a timeout and it seemed to light the fire underneath the Lightning, who came out flying after that timeout. Stamkos had his second goal of the game at 11:45 of the second period after a great centering feed from Teddy Purcell.

With 32.2 seconds left in the second period, Stamkos saw the net again, netting his fourth career hat trick. Even though the Lightning are playing poorly on defense, its offense is doing what it needs to do to get by.

The Lightning's four goals in the second period ties a season high for goals score in one period this season.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.