Stamkos’ shootout goal leads Bolts’ win

by Gary Shelton on February 15, 2023

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Stamkos scored the winning goal./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

When they are good, it doesn't matter if they are on the road, despite what their away-from-home record suggests.

When they are good, it doesn't matter if the air is thin as it always is in Denver.

When they are good -- and granted, the Lighting has some slippage from time to time -- they end up with a game like Tuesday night, when they fought back to edge the Colorado Avs, 4-3 in a shootout.

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Vasilevskiy won his 26th game./TIM WIRT

This was the Lightning playing a solid game -- great goaltending , points by the stars, a pair of comebacks. It was the team's second straight road win (they are just 14-12 away from Amalie Arena this year).

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy played his third straight solid game, stopping 43 shots and three more in the shootout. He is how 26-13-1 on the season, just one win short of the league lead.

The Bolts' winning goal came from Steven Stamkos in a shootout, the only skater of six to find the back of the net.

In regulation, the Bolts got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Anthony Cirelli and Vlad Namestnikov.

Colorado led 2-0 and 3-2, but the Bolts came back to win despite going 0-4 on the power play.

Tampa Bay is on the road again tonight to face Arizona at 9 p.m.

Namestnikov tied the game at 3-3./TIM WIRT

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