Lightning score late to take series lead vs Blackhawks

Tue Jun 9, 2015 12:48am EDT
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By Michael Hirtzer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Lightning shrugged off a hostile Chicago crowd to score twice in the third period and beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Monday, giving them a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

After a split of the opening two games in the best-of-seven series, Chicago looked like they would seize the advantage when Brandon Saad put them 2-1 up early in the third.

However, that lead was wiped out almost immediately when Ondrej Palat equalized 13 seconds later, and with a little over three minutes left, the home crowd were stunned into silence again when Cedric Paquette tipped in a slick Victor Hedman pass for the winner.

Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, who had to leave Saturday's Game 2 in the third period, appeared to have mobility issues at times but he kept the Lightning in the game, particularly in the first period, when the Blackhawks outshot their opponents 17-9.

"He held the fort down for us for about 15 minutes in that first period, really came up huge and a got a little lucky at times too,” Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman told reporters in the locker room.

Bishop would not discuss the nature of the injury, but said it was a game-time decision to let him play.

"It's going to take a lot to not play in a Stanley Cup Final game," said the goaltender in a news conference.

Bishop made 36 saves while Chicago netminder Corey Crawford made 29.   Continued...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the third period in game three of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on Jun 8, 2015. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports