Lightning finds a way to lose to Dallas despite play

by Gary Shelton on December 20, 2019

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Cirelli battles the Stars' Heiskanen for the puck./CHUCK MULLER

Friday, 4 a.m.

How in the world did they lose this game?

The Tampa Bay Lightning swarmed the Dallas Stars Thursday night, getting off 48 shots and skating freely for most of the night. But Dallas managed to get 25 percent of shots in into the net for a 4-3 overtime victory.

The Stars, down 3-1 in the second period, got the winning goal from Tyler Seguin on a breakaway. After Tyler Johnson missed an open goal and hit the side of the met, Seguin went down the ice and knocked in the winner.

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Vasilevskiy allows the tying goal in the third period to Jason Dickinson./CHUCK MULLER

It was the 10th loss of the season for Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped only 16 shots on the night. Vasileskiy lost only 10 games in the entire season a year ago.

Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning. In the second period, Ondrej Palat added a goal for a two-goal lead.

 "I thought we played pretty well tonight," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper,
"They didn’t have very many chances. It seemed like they capitalized on every one of them. We didn’t captitalize near enough on ours.

Tyler Johnson had a chance at the goal late./CHUCK MULLER

"You’ve heard me say this line many times: If you give up three the game is going to be in the balance. It didn’t go our way tonight. We got three; we probably should have won this game.

The Lightning is at Washington Saturday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

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