Lightning hit back to level Stanley Cup Final

Jason Garrison slapped in the game-winner in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning avoided another late collapse to beat visiting Chicago 4-3 and even the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 on Saturday.

Jason Garrison  slapped in the game-winner in the third period as the  Tampa Bay Lightning  avoided another late collapse to beat visiting  Chicago  4-3 and even  the Stanley Cup  Final at 1-1 on Saturday. The Lightning, who let in two third-period goals in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday, did not panic this time after the Blackhawks leveled at 3-3.

Instead, Garrison capitalized on a power-play chance with 11:11 remaining, his shot rebounding off the skate of  Chicago ’s  Andrew Desjardins  and fooling goaltender  Corey Crawford .

“We were more aggressive tonight. In Game One we sat back a little bit,” Tampa Bay center  Tyler Johnson told reporters. “We played our style.

"It’s a best-of-five series now.  Chicago  is a great team, it’s going to be a battle.”

The series moves to  Chicago  for Game Three on Monday.


The Blackhawks, who are seeking their third  Stanley Cup title  in six seasons, appeared set to take a 2-0 series lead home when they struck for two quick scores in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.

Andrew Shaw  netted the first before 20-year-old  Teuvo Teravainen  had his second goal of the series to put the visitors ahead 2-1.

Tampa Bay fought back in an action-packed second period with  Nikita Kucherov  and  Tyler Johnson  each beating Crawford to grab a 3-2 lead.

Johnson had not scored in five games for the Lightning but broke out of his slump with his 13th goal of the post-season to set a Tampa Bay record.

Brent Seabrook  made it 3-3 for the Blackhawks in the third on a shot that saw  Chicago ’s  Marian Hossa shielding goaltender  Ben Bishop , drawing complaints from Tampa Bay.

The winning goal was set up by a high-sticking penalty from  Chicago ’s  Patrick Sharp  who had just come out of the penalty box for a slashing call.

"I don't think I've ever done that before, but it happened," Sharp said. "We'll move on from it. I take responsibility and apologize to our penalty-killers for putting them under such stress."

The Blackhawks pushed hard for another equalizer, but this time Tampa Bay killed off a power play and survived an extra  Chicago  attack in the final minutes.


Backup Lightning goaltender  Andrei Vasilevskiy  ensured the victory by saving all five shots he faced after replacing starter  Ben Bishop  late in the third.

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