Lightning hit back to level Stanley Cup Final

Sun Jun 7, 2015 12:05am EDT
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June 6 (Reuters) - 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.   Continued...

Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports