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.