The Tampa Bay Lightning needed two points Friday night.
They settled for one.
The Lightning lost a shootout to the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild, 2-1. At this point of the playoff race, with 27 games to play, the Lightning can use every point it can get.
Tampa Bay is 3-3 in shootouts this year. They are 24-24-7 overall.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy played well for Tampa Bay, saving 37 of 38 shots. The one he didn’t stop was a second period goal by Nino Niederreiter. Brayden Point tied the game on a deflected goal.
In the shootout, Point, Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov failed to convert a shot. Mikko Koivu scored in the shootout for Minnesota.
The Lightning plays at Winnipeg tonight.