Raddysh leads the Bolts in overtime win

by Gary Shelton on January 12, 2024

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Perbix scored his third goal./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

Chalk another one up for the other guys.

For most of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has rode their big names. Kucherov. Point. Stamkos. Hagel.

Lately, however, the faces of victory have changed. Suddenly, they are Raddysh and Perbix and de Haan and Glendening. And whoever the particular profile of the night turns out to be, winning is a good look for them.

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The Bolts won their second straight overtime Thursday night as Darren Raddysh scored a goal with  1:52 left in the extra period for a 4-3 win over New Jersey. Earlier in the game, Luke Glendening had scored twice.

It continued a trend of deeper scoring by the Bolts. In their previous win, a 3-2 overtime win over the Kings, Nick  Perbix scored the overtime winner. Tyler Motte also had a goal.

In the win before that, against  Minnesota, Raddysh had two goals.

In the win before that,  against Montreal, de Haan and Austin Watson scored goals.

It makes a difference when the big guns don’t have to carry the load. A more balanced attack makes a team more dangerous.

For the Bolts, it was another overtime victory. Again, Tampa Bay dominated possession in the extra period.

“Winning face offs,”Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of the difference. “The last two nights, Stammer (Steve Stamkos) has won them both.  We’ve had the  puck for most of them. You take a little momentum away, you make some of their best  players play defense. A big part of overtime is having the puck and we’ve had it for a lot of the last two overtimes and it’s gone our way.”

 The Bolts are home again at Amalie Arena on Saturday night when they play the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m.

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