Cirelli lifts Bolts to overtime victory

by Gary Shelton on March 25, 2024

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Cirelli ended overtime in a hurry./TIM WIRT

Monday, 4 a.m.

Someday, their names will all be in the rafters.

For the night, the Tampa Bay Lightning would have liked to have seen them on the ice.

Brayden Point, out. (Injured).

Victor Hedman, out. (Injured).

Andrei Vasilevskiy, out. (Night off).

Given the holes in the lineup, it is forgivable that the Lightning sputtered a bit on its way to a 3-2 overtime win

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over the Anaheim Ducks. It concluded the Bolts’ best road trip of the year, in which Tampa Bay took nine of 10 possible points.

The Bolts are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. In that span, they have killed 24 of 25 penalties.

That was a big part of the win over the Ducks. The Bolts killed four penalties, including facing a five-on-three for more than a minute.

Anthony Cirelli played the role of Point, scoring the winning goal 59 seconds into overtime. It was his 16th goal of the season.

Also scoring for the Bolts were Anthony Duclair and Luke Glendening. For Duclair, it was his fifth goal in seven games with the Bolts.

Jonas Johansson got the win in goal for the Bolts in his first start in five weeks. It was his 12th win of the year.

“Since the trade deadline, we’ve really turned the corner,” said Bolts’ coach Jon Cooper. “We brought in Duclair and (Matt) Dumba, and they’ve given our team a little life. But we’re just playing better. I tip our cap to our penalty kill.”

The Bolts are going against Boston on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena.

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