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Lightning beat Vancouver in overtime for 2nd straight win

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For the second time in two nights, the Tampa Bay Lightning won a dramatic hockey game.

And look who’s back in the playoff picture.

As quickly as the Bolts’ 3-2 overtime win against Vancouver Saturday night, Tampa Bay pulled into the eighth and final playoff spot on the first night of the second half of the season. The Bolts had rallied for a 3-2 regulation win over Edmonton the night before.

It was the first time since mid-December the Bolts had won back-to-back games.

This time, Nikita Kucherov scored the winner in the three-on-three overtime on a pass from Vladimir Namestikov. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21 shots for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay had taken a 2-1 lead in the third period on a goal by Valtteri Filppula, but couldn’t hold the lead. Like the three goals the night before, this one went off an opponent’s skate – this time Alex Edler.

Tampa Bay had taken a 1-0 lead when Alex Killorn scored on a pass from Kucherov.

The Lightning now travels to Colorado Tuesday night before returning home to face the Penguins on Friday.

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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