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Lightning gets a point, but loses to a strong Minnesota team

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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.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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