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Lightning loses in OT despite rookie goalie Kristers Gudlevskis

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are still chasing the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Lightning, who lost the Stanley Cup finals to Chicago last year, lost a 1-0 game in overtime Saturday night. Jonathan Toews scored 17 seconds into the three-on-three overtime.

For Tampa Bay, that goal spoiled a great evening by rookie goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped the first 30 shots he faced. Toews scored off the rebound on the last shot, however. It was the Lightning’s third straight overtime game on the road trip.

“It’s like deja vu all over again,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “We come here and can’t find the net. We must have hit every post.”

Chicago’s Corey Crawford shut out Tampa Bay, stopping all 21 shots. Crawford held the Bolts to two goals in the final three games of the Cup final.

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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