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Point scores in overtime, Lightning beat Blackhawks 3-2
By MARK DIDTLER
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Falling behind Chicago and staging a comeback has become the norm for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Brayden Point scored a power-play goal 3:25 into overtime, and the Lightning rallied again to beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
"To be down 2-0 to a team as good as Chicago, it was a great bounce-back performance," Stamkos said.
Chicago was short-handed after Nick Schmaltz was sent off for slashing at 3:10.
Patrick Kane scored twice and Crawford stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks, who blew leads in losing both games between the teams last season.
"We had a great start," Kane said. "Even after 40 minutes, we're in a good position up 2-1."
Tampa Bay scored four third-period goals Jan 24 for a 5-2 win in Chicago, and the Lightning battled back from a 4-1 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime at home Mar. 27.
Kunitz tied it 2 just 31 seconds into the third.
Kane opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 at 3:49 of the first and made it 2-0 with 4:06 left in the period as Chicago's 26th-ranked power play unit converted a 5-on-3.
Kane has eight goals and 20 points in 14 games against Tampa Bay.
The Blackhawks' 4th-ranked short-handed unit stymied Tampa Bay's NHL-leading power play during three consecutive man-advantage situations, including a 45-second 5-on-3, which ended midway through the first.
Crawford made a terrific glove save on Stamkos' left circle power-play breakaway shot early in the second.
Palat cut the deficit to 2-1 4:27 into the second on the Lightning's fourth short-handed goal.
"I thought the boys regrouped," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Vasilevskiy made a kick save on Richard Panik's in-close chance 6 minutes into the third.
Both goalies were outstanding in overtime, including Vasilevskiy's pad save on Kane during a breakaway.
"He's got such long legs," Kane said. "I made the move I wanted, got a little bit too close."
Tampa Bay went 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Blackhawks were 1 of 4.
NOTES: Stamkos has a point in 18 of 21 games. ... Chicago has won just five times, including twice in Tampa Bay's inaugural season of 1992-93, in regular season road games against the Lightning. The Blackhawks took two of three at Tampa Bay in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals en route to the championship. ... Tampa Bay C Cedric Paquette returned after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury.
Blackhawks: Play at Florida Saturday night.
Lightning: Start a four-game trip Friday night at Washington.
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Updated November 22, 2017
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