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Blues beat Lighting behind controversial goal off the foot

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This is hockey. A team isn’t supposed to lose on a field goal.

And yet, the Lightning lost a 2-1 game to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night when the puck went into the net off the foot of Patrik Berglund with 2:29 to play. The officials immediately disallowed the goal, but after a review, they reversed the call and counted the goal.

“It was an intentional kick,” said goaltender Ben Bishop. “He knows what he’s doing . It’s tough to overturn that. I’d like to have an explanation. It looked like a kick. It’s one thing if he counts the goal, but it’s tough when he calls a no-goal and reverses it.”

The Blues led 1-0 at the time, so that goal essentially iced the game. Nikita Kucherov would score for the Lightning with 52 seconds to play, but it just made the final score closer.

“I’m at a loss for words, to be honest.” coach Jon Cooper said. “I thought there was zero chance of that being turned over. I don’t know how you look at that. The refs are trying to interpret the call. My interprepretation is that that was a clear a kick as you can possibly see. You can kick with inside of your foot or the outside. My interpretation is that was what he did. That was a distinct kick. The ref on the ice was 10 feet away and was adamantly calling it a no-goal. I didn’t see any way it would be reversed.”

It was a tough night for the Lightning, which lost its third in four games and had a nine-game streak snapped at home.

The Lightning fell to a tie for eighth in the wild-card standings.

“We could wake up Tuesday and be out of it,” said Cooper. “We have to win a game.”

Ben Bishop allowed two goals for the 28th time in 41 attempts this season. Bishop is 22-16-3 this year, even though he is third in the league with a 2.09 goals against average.

Tampa Bay is home against San Jose Tuesday.

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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