Callahan leads Lightning past Avalanche in shootout posted by Lightning Fan
The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't have much time to dwell on giving up the tying goal late in the third period.
Ryan Callahan scored in regulation and got the decisive goal in the shootout to lift Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, moving the Lightning back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Ben Bishop made two big stops in the shootout and finished with 40 saves as Tampa Bay moved one point ahead of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders atop the East.
"You've got to turn the page real quick," Bishop said. "I thought we did a good job in overtime."
Nikita Kucherov put the Lightning ahead in the first round of the shootout and Matt Duchene tied it for Colorado in the second round. Callahan then got the winner in the third round.
"It's tough, you know, because we killed some late penalties," Callahan said. "You know, they end up getting one in with 6 seconds left, and we had to regroup and ready for overtime right away. Then we had another huge kill at the end of overtime and end up winning the shootout, so we did a good job to regroup after that late goal."
The Lightning took the early lead on Callahan's 15th goal of the season on a power play just 1:58 into the game.
"That's the way it goes (losing in a shootout)," Varlamov said. "They scored goals and we didn't score enough until very late. . It was a pretty good move (by Callahan), and they scored in the shootout."
The Avalanche, outshot 15-5 in the opening period, turned the tables on the Lightning in the second with 20-9 edge.Continue reading "Callahan leads Lightning past Avalanche ..."