By Dory LeBlanc
The Lightning have seen their fair share of injuries this season, but saw two defensemen, Radko Gudas and Eric Brewer, return to the lineup Saturday night in Tampa Bay's 2-1 OT loss to Winnipeg.
Through 20 minutes of play, the Lightning trailed the Jets 1-0 after Blake Wheeler redirected Jacob Trouba's shot from the blue line to put Winnipeg up early, but considering Tampa Bay was outshot 15-5, the one-goal deficit was good news.
Offensively, the Lightning were flat for most of the first two periods, and struggled to keep the puck out of their own zone. The result was Tampa Bay being outshot 27-9 halfway through the second period. However, the Lightning made adjustments and outshot the Jets 8-2 in the final 10 minutes of the second.
With 0.2 seconds to play (the clock was reset to 1.1), Nate Thompson was kicked out of the faceoff circle, sending in Martin St. Louis who won the draw and got the puck to Gudas. Gudas took a shot which was rebounded to Thompson who fired from the slot past Al Montoya to knot the game at one-a-piece heading into the second intermission.
After a scoreless third period, the teams headed to OT, where Alex Killorn looked to have the game winner 41 seconds in, but the puck hit the post. 23 seconds later Mark Scheifele tapped the puck in past Lindback to end the game.
Anders Lindback was outstanding for the Bolts, boasting a .944 save percentage despite the loss, stopping 34-of-36 shots. Lindback moves to 2-6 on the season following Saturday night's game.
Next up: The Lightning travel to Washington DC to take on the Capitals Tuesday at 7pm. Catch all of the action on sister station 970WFLA, with coverage beginning at 6:30.