Victor Hedman lifts Lightning over Sharks in OT

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Victor Hedman stole a puck in the neutral zone and scored 2:45 into overtime Tuesday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks.

The defenseman turned his theft at his own blue line into a rush the other way, then weaved through the slot and fired his 10th goal of the season to lift Tampa Bay to its seventh win in the past nine games (7-1-1).

Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn also scored, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (25-7-4) made 19 saves as the club went to 8-1-1 against the Pacific Division.

Killorn’s marker, the 161st of his career, tied him with Tyler Johnson for the fifth-most in franchise history.

High-scoring right winger Nikita Kucherov (COVID-19 protocol) missed his third consecutive game.

Logan Couture tallied his 14th goal and an assist, and Rudolfs Balcers scored his fourth goal in the past five games for the Sharks, who finished their four-game Southeastern road trip at 1-1-2 and are 2-4-3 in their past nine games.James Reimer stopped 29 shots.

After beating San Jose 7-1 on the road 10 days prior, Tampa Bay found the going much tougher in the first 20 minutes of the rematch — primarily due to the stout play of Reimer.

In his fifth straight start, Reimer turned aside all nine first-period shots he faced, including a couple of good chances on the first power play after Nicolas Meloche went off for cross-checking Corey Perry in the San Jose netminder’s crease.

However, the clubs traded goals inside second period’s first five minutes as the contest opened up.

Cirelli led a fast rush into the offensive zone and dished the puck to Point, who drove in deep before dumping it back to Cirelli for the easy tap-in and his 13th goal just 92 seconds in.

San Jose matched it when Balcers redirected a wide shot by Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 4:50 for his sixth goal.

Just as a very brief five-on-three Tampa Bay power play ended, Killorn gloved a high pass from Steven Stamkos, put it at his feet and swatted in his 15th marker for a 2-1 lead with 1:52 remaining in the frame.

In the third period on the Sharks’ third power play, Couture — scoreless in eight straight games — tipped in a blast by Brent Burns for 슬롯머신사이트 the tying tally at 1:12.

–Field Level Media