Bolts can’t stop Bedard in defeat

by Gary Shelton on November 10, 2023

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Bedard dazzled the Bolts./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

You probably think the kid was pretty impressive, what with his four points and all.

Well, just wait until he’s old enough to shave.

Connor Bedard, the 18-year-old rookie, scored two goals and had two assists and took over the game in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a welcome victory for the Blackhawks, who had lost eight straight games to Tampa Bay.

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Bolts gave up a goal when CIrelli crashed into Johansson./TIM WIRT

The Bolts gave up five goals on Chicago's first 13 shots. Tampa Bay has given up 22 goals in their last five games.

"We had the momentum in this game in the first 10-12 minutes," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "We gave the momentum back with our self-inflicted errors. Plain and simple. Egregious turnovers, lack of execution. In the end we just gave them freebies. 

"Give them credit. If there was one disappointment, it was our lack of pushback in the last two periods that was tough."

The Lightning led 2-1 when Bedard took over the game. He is the third youngest player to ever have a four-point night.

If it wasn’t tough enough for the Bolts to stare at tomorrow, they also got a dose of yesterday. Former Bolts Tyler Johnson and Tyler Perry also scored goals.

The Bolts got goals from Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay is home at Amalie Arena against Carolina at 7 p.m.

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