Lightning’s Marchessault stands tall in shootout

by Gary Shelton on November 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Marchessault finds the back of the net for goal No. 5.

Marchessault's energy has given the Lightning a lift.

Thursday, 12:16 a.m.

You know how big Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault is?

He's as big as a shootout. He's as big as a winning streak. He's as big as his moment on Wednesday night.

Marchessault, the diminutive (he's listed at 5-9, 175) player) has been fairly large for the Lightning lately. His assist set up an opening goal by Tyler Johnson, and his score to lead off a shootout was the team's first shootout goal of the season (after six misses). Marchessault, who scored his first goal on Saturday night, has given his team energy since his callup.

“Every night, he gets a chance, or he helps someone else get a chance,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Valterri Filppula also scored in the shootout as the Lightning won its third straight game, the first winning streak that long for the Bolts since the season's opening three games.

Milan Lucic had scored with a little over five minutes left to force overtime (scoreless) and the shootout.

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