Tampa Bay-Minnesota: Lightning Strikes Twice in the Third Period to Win Again

November 12th, 2009 by Ron Van Lew Leave a reply »
The Minnesota Wild came into to Tampa desperate to get onto the winning track that their players and fans alike expect from them.

Through two periods of play, that seemed like a very good possibility for Minnesota, but there are three periods in hockey and The Lightning would strike twice to force an overtime and an eventual shootout.

The first period saw Minnesota grab the 1-0 lead late in the period as Beniot Pouliot snuck a backhander past Anterro Nittymaki.

The second period was dominated on the shot cart by Minnesota. The Wild out shot the Lightning 11-4 in the second frame, while Kim Jhonsson grew Minnesota's lead to two goals early in the second while in the power play.

But as Minnesota's power play netted them a goal, it also cost them a goal as Steven Stamkos only five minutes later scored on Niklas Backstrom short handed to bring the Wild lead back to one. Wiley veteran Owen Nolan then took center stage as his unassisted wrist shot found the twine to regain Minnesota's lead to two goals going into the second intermission.

But as what seems to be the norm for the Wild, a seriously deficient third period allowed th ...

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