Dallas Stars Take Down the Tampa Bay Lightning in Overtime
The NHL was back in full force on Monday night for the second half of the regular season after All-Star Weekend at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri on the 24th and 25th of January. The Dallas Stars hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Jamie Benn forced a turnover in the Lightning’s own offensive zone in overtime and then he scored the game-winning back-handed goal just 2:07 into overtime as Dallas took down Tampa Bay by a score of 3-2.
Benn’s goal was unassisted in overtime. He scored two goals in the game total. Jamie Benn also scored a goal 9:06 into the third period to give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Blake Comeau gave the solo assist on Benn’s goal.
Stamkos also scored the first goal of the game for Tampa Bay with 6:10 remaining in the second period. His goal came with assists by Nikita Kucherov and Jon Rutta.
Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 32 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning. His 10-game winning streak was snapped. Vasilevskiy has recorded 24 wins on the year so far.
Ben Bishop recorded 23 saves in for the Dallas Stars. Bishop currently has 17 wins on the year so far.
At the moment in the Western Conference Standings, Dallas (28-17-4 record with 60 points so far this season), is currently two points back of the Colorado Avalanche (28-15-6 record with 62 points so far this season) for the second spot in the Central Division.
The Dallas Stars are only eight points back of the St. Louis Blues (30-12-8 record with 68 points so far this season) for the first spot in the Central Division.
Dallas has a six-point lead over the Chicago Blackhawks (24-21-6 record with 54 points so far this season) and the Winnipeg Jets (25-22-4 record with 54 points so far this season).
The Stars have an eight-point lead over the Minnesota Wild (23-21-6 record with 52 points so far this season) and a nine-point lead over the Nashville Predators (22-19-7 record with 51 points so far this season) at the moment in the Central Division Standings.
The Lightning (29-15-5 record with 63 points so far this season) is currently in second place in the Atlantic Division. If the season ended today, Tampa Bay would face the Florida Panthers (28-16-5 record with 61 points) in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Boston Bruins (29-10-12 record with 70 points so far this season) is currently in first place in the Atlantic Divison and Tampa Bay is currently seven points back of them someway somehow despite the slow start the Tampa Bay Lightning had to this regular season.
Tampa Bay currently has a four-game lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They also have a 12-point lead on the Buffalo Sabres (22-20-7 record with 51 points so far this season) and the Montreal Canadiens (22-22-7 record with 51 points so far this season).
The Dallas Stars won both games against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season and they were both in overtime. Dallas won that game 4-3 at Amile Arena in Tampa, Florida on December 19, 2019.
Tampa’s next game will be on the road against the Los Angeles Kings (18-27-5 record with 41 points so far this season) on Wednesday night.
Dallas’s next game will be at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs (26-17-7 record with 59 points so far this season) on Wednesday night.
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