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Lightning 4, Wild 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 4, Wild 3, SO
Minnesota Wild 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet hopes his team learned an important lesson.

Ryan Malone tied it with 14.7 seconds left in regulation, and Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout to give the Lightning a 4-3 comeback win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

"We were flat," Tocchet said. "You've got to keep grinding. Good teams win games that maybe they shouldn't. You go home and think about it, we got a little lucky here, but let's not have the same trend."

Malone tied it at 3 on a backhander during a power play with Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki off the ice for an extra skater.

"They're all disappointed," Minnesota coach Todd Richards said. "That's an emotion you want from them, that we didn't get win. You just tell them that we deserved a better fate."

Stamkos scored his 13th goal of the season during regulation and added an assist. Steve Downie had the other Tampa Bay goal, coming at 9:17 of the third.

Benoit Pouliot, Kim Johnsson and Owen Nolan scored for Minnesota. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom fell to 11-1-2, including 3-0-1 against Tampa Bay, in his career against the Southeast Division.

"It's frustrating," Backstrom said. "We can't take penalties every night. Today we didn't get away with it. That's probably a lesson learned."

Tampa Bay lost its first four shootouts this season, failing to score on 14 shots.

"It seemed like we didn't put our heads down going into the shootout," Stamkos said. "It just seemed different. We were confident."

Tampa Bay opted to let the Wild have the first scoring opportunity during the shootout, which is not the team's normal plan.

"Bucking every trend that was possible," Tocchet said.

Pouliot put the Wild ahead 1-0 at 16:53 of the first. James Sheppard set up the goal and stopped a personal 16-game points drought by skating down the slot and making a nifty pass toward the right circle to Pouliot.

Johnsson's power-play goal 3:47 into the second made it 2-0.

"It doesn't matter how we lost," Wild center Mikko Koivu said. "It's a loss, but we got one point. That's about it."

After Stamkos had a short-handed goal at 8:44 of the second, Nolan scored his fourth goal this season from the slot while being pulled down to give Minnesota a 3-1 advantage with 8:25 left in the period.

Nolan tied Ray Bourque for 76th place on the career goals list with 410.

NOTES: Lightning D Victor Hedman returned after missing a game because of a concussion. ... Minnesota D Nick Schultz assisted on Pouliot's goal for his first point in 11 games. ... Wild LW Derek Boogaard hasn't scored a goal in his last 175 games, dating to Jan. 7, 2006.

scoring summary
1st Period
Benoit Pouliot (2) ASST: James Sheppard (1), Nick Schultz (2)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
PPG - Kim Johnsson (2) ASST: Andrew Brunette (6), Mikko Koivu (12)
2 - 0 MIN
SHG - Steven Stamkos (13) ASST: Ryan Malone (5)
2 - 1 MIN
Owen Nolan (4) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
Steve Downie (2) ASST: Jeff Halpern (3), Mattias Ohlund (6)
3 - 2 MIN
PPG - Ryan Malone (11) ASST: Steven Stamkos (6), Martin St. Louis (15)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1M. KoivuV. Lecavalier
2M. HavlatS. Stamkos
penalty summary
1st Period
Shane Hnidy  Holding against  James Wright
2nd Period
Zenon Konopka  Cross checking against  Derek Boogaard
Brent Burns  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
Alex Tanguay  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
Stephane Veilleux  Hooking against  James Sheppard
3rd Period
Martin St. Louis  Hooking against  James Sheppard
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Owen Nolan
Owen Nolan  Roughing against  Steve Downie
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Jeff Halpern
OT Period
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 22TOI: 64:47
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 34TOI: 63:57
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
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