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Tampa Bay Lightning loses game in overtime to Hurricanes

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On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a losing streak.

On Sunday, they might have  started another one.

The Lightning lost an overtime game, 1-0, to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s fifth loss in their last six games.

Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots. However, his record fell to 8-9-1 on the season.

Phil Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the season only 86 seconds into overtime.

“Guys are battling, but we’re playing two games in less than 24 hours and you could tell the guys were tired and same with Carolina,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “It amped up there in the last probably 10 minutes of the game when there was desperation set in you could win a hockey game. But with both goalies playing the way they were, that game could have gone a few games probably without a goal. And that’s why it’s sad the way it went down and how that game ended because it was going to take something that was probably another player’s fault to happen and that’s what happened.”

Tampa Bay plays against Vancouver at home on Thursday night.

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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