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NHL: Lightning take Game 3 to grab 2-1 Stanley Cup lead

By Tom Musick Sports Xchange CHICAGO -- Center Cedric Paquette scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night. The ...

By Tom Musick

Sports Xchange

CHICAGO - Center Cedric Paquette scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Lightning seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Chicago.

Paquette punched in the go-ahead goal with 3:11 remaining on a perfect feed from defenseman Victor Hedman. Right winger Ryan Callahan and left winger Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay.

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Center Brad Richards and left winger Brandon Saad scored for Chicago.

Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn the victory. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford turned aside 29 of 32 shots.

Callahan opened the scoring on a slap shot from the right circle with 14:51 remaining in the first. The goal was set up by a hard pass from Hedman, who recognized a Chicago line change and fired the puck about 100 feet from behind Tampa Bay’s net to Callahan’s stick in the offensive zone.

Chicago evened the score at 1-1 on a power-play goal by Richards with 5:38 to go in the first. Center Andrew Shaw set a screen in front of the crease, and Richards’ slap shot from the blue line deflected off Bishop’s glove and into the net.

Tampa Bay had a five-on-three power play for 1:26 late in the second period after penalties to Blackhawks left wingers Bryan Bickell and Saad. Chicago killed both penalties with several clearances and key saves by Crawford, who turned aside a booming slap shot by Hedman during the two-man advantage.

The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead on a one-timer by Saad with 15:46 remaining in the third period. Right winger Marian Hossa slid a pass to Saad, who fired a rising shot from the slot that beat Bishop glove-side.

Thirteen seconds later, Tampa Bay pulled even at 2-2 on a goal by Palat. Right winger Nikita Kucherov drove to the net, and Palat punched in a loose puck for his eighth goal of the playoffs.

Paquette made it 3-2 when he won a faceoff in the defensive zone and raced down the ice on a three-on-two break. He fired a one-timer on a pass by Hedman, who finished with two assists.

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NOTES: Lightning G Ben Bishop started in net after leaving Game 2 because of an undisclosed problem. Bishop avoided specifics when asked about what caused him to exit twice Saturday and be replaced by rookie G Andrei Vasilevskiy. ... Blackhawks LW Bryan Bickell returned to the ice after missing Games 1 and 2 because of an upper-body injury. Bickell, 29, said he battled vertigo. ... Lightning D Nikita Nesterov served as the seventh blue-liner in place of LW Jonathan Drouin, who was a healthy scratch. ... Blackhawks D Trevor van Riemsdyk made his Stanley Cup final debut. The 23-year-old rookie played for the first time since Nov. 16, when he suffered a left patella fracture after taking a shot to the knee. He replaced fellow D David Rundblad, who was a healthy scratch.

 

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