Lightning See Win Streak End, But Pick Up Point
Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s solid effort gave the Tampa Bay Lightning an opportunity to pick up a pair of points, but came up short falling 2-1 in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild.
The loss ended the Lightning’s modest two game win streak, but did give them their first point in Minneapolis since April 2011. They are now 2-8-1 all-time in the Twin Cities.
Brayden Point scored the Bolts lone goal, a deflection off a Jason Garrison shot, at the 17:16 mark of the second period that tied the game at 1-1. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves for the Bolts (24-24-7 [51-points]).
Nino Niederreiter scored the games opening goal at the 14:31 mark of the second period and Miko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout. Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots in improving to 30-9-3 on the season. His 30 wins are tops among NHL goalies and is tied for second in save percentage (.934) and goals-against average (1.96). The Wild run their record to 36-12-6 with the win.
“[The wins], that’s the most important [stat], definitely,” Dubnyk told Jessi Pierce of NHL.com. “That’s the one you want to be on the top of, and that’s certainly a race I’ll pay attention to more than the other stats. But, it’s fun. It’s been a great season so far, that way, with the feeling in the dressing room, with how much we’ve enjoyed this [winning] and don’t want it to stop.”
Bunyk’s received praise from Lightning coach Jon Cooper after the game, “I thought he was outstanding, He battled, and that’s what you want from your goaltenders. That’s what they’ve been doing for us. Our goaltenders are giving us a chance to win the games.”
Up Next For Lightning:
The Lightning play their second game of their four game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. They are 1-4-1 in the second half of back-to-back contests this season.