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Tampa Bay Lightning finally win, beating Anaheim 3-2 in shootout

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They won? Finally?

The Tampa Bay Lightning finally put up a winning scoreboard Saturday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout.

The Lightning had lost six of its previous seven games (two in overtime), including two straight at home in which it managed only 21 shots per game in losses to Boston and Ottawa. This time, the Lightning outshot Anaheim by 21 shots (37-16).

The Bolts scored three goals in the shootout. Brayden Point started the scoring, Nikita Kucherov tied the extra period with a goal and Brian Boyle won it.

In regulation, Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn scored.

The Ducks were lucky to get to overtime. They got off only 16 shots, none in overtime. It was enough to help Ben Bishop win his 12th game against 12 losses.

“It’s a real proud group in there,” said coach Jon Cooper. “They were not going to be denied tonight.”

Tampa Bay is home Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

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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