Hedman’s shootout goal lifts Lightning

by Gary Shelton on December 24, 2023

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Hedman scored the winning goal./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Oh, yeah. That’s what a shootout looks like.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, playing in its first shootout of the year, came away with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Saturday night, It was just the Bolts’ seventh road victory in 19 tries this year.

Defenseman Victor Hedman scored the winning goal in the shootout. He was the eighth shooter of the shootout, and he temporarily mishandled the puck on his approach. He recovered, however, and got the puck past Washington goalie Charlie Lindgren.

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Hedman also had an assist on the team’s first-period goal, scored by Luke Glendening.

Washington tied the game in the second period on a shot that went off of Anthony Mantha’s pants.

Except for that goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy was flawless. He saved 33 shots, including the last three in the shootout,

The Bolts moved into wild card position in the standings.

Tampa Bay is home on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the Florida Panthers.

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