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So far, the Lightning finds a lot to like in the NHL’s new overtime

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To fully capture the essence of the NHL’s new three-on-three overtime, keep this in mind:

Don’t blink.

Don’t breathe.

The Lightning won its second three-on-three of the year Friday night, beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in only 36 seconds. Ondrej Palat scored the winner on a perfect cross-ice pass from Steven Stamkos, who was playing in his 500th game.

The winning goal was set up when Stamkos took the puck from Andrew Ladd on the wall. Ladd fell, and Stamkos found himself leading a three-on-one. He passed to Victor Hedman, then took a return pass, then passed to the other side of the goal to Palat.

Also scoring for the Lightning were Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Tampa Bay has now played in three of the new overtime periods, winning two and having the other one go to a shootout, which it lost.

The Lightning plays against Chicago tonight in a rematch of last year’s Stanley 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

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