The Tampa Bay Lightning scored with 11:11 remaining in the third period to take the lead and held on with their backup goaltender between the pipes to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The win evened the series at 1-1.
Tampa Bay’s starting goaltender Ben Bishop left the game twice in the third period with an undisclosed ailment. He was replaced each time by rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots he faced in 9:13 of ice time to earn his first career playoff victory.
Just like in Game 1, the Lightning opened the scoring. A Cedric Paquette wrister beat Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford midway through the opening period to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
Chicago came storming back in the second, scoring the first two goals of the period (Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen) to take the lead. The Blackhawks held that lead for all of 92 seconds before Nikita Kucherov tied the game with his 10th goal of the postseason. Tyler Johnson tallied the fourth goal of the period between the two teams to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
Brent Seabrook tied the game at three, 3:38 into the final period.
After Bishop left the game the first time, Jason Garrison scored the game-winning power play goal on one of the Lightning’s two third-period shots.
Game 3 is scheduled for Monday night at the United Center in Chicago.