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Canucks Fall 3-2 To The Lightning In Overtime

Give the Canucks credit. They were able to score late in the third period to send it over time, but unfortunately they will only able to snatch one point on the night.

Nikita Kucherov scored on a breakaway 3:51 into overtime to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Kucherov got behind Henrik Sedin, who went for a line change, and took a breakout pass from Vladislav Namestnikov at center ice, opening up goalie Jacob Markstrom with a quick fake before cutting wide and shooting it under his outstretched leg.

The victory solidifies the lightnings capability to be a great team this year as they are a squad that is finally getting healthy.

The Lightning have lost 112 man-games to injury, including lengthy absences for Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat, each an important part of Tampa Bay’s run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning opened up the scoring in the first on Alex Killorn’s 7th goal of the year after he faked out Jacob Markstrom to the ice at 3:41 of the first period.

Now on the power play, Bo Horvat did an excellent job getting past Lightning defensemen Victor Hedman before tossing over a backhanded pass to Sven Baertschi to even up the score at the 15:41 mark of the first period.

After an uneventful, and scoreless second period, the Lightning would find the back of the net again in the third, on Valtteri Filppula’s 5th goal of the year at 12:20.

Bo Horvat, who scored two goals in the Canucks last game against the Carolina Hurricanes continued to play strong tying the game up at 2-2 at 17:10 of the third with a wrist shot from above the right faceoff circle that beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy past the blocker.

Throughout the entire night the Canucks had trouble getting shots on net and record only 23 compared to Tampa Bay who were able to tag Markstrom with 35 shots on goal.

“Last game, all our goals were from their guys, so just trying to get a little more pucks to the net and hopefully some bounces,” Filppula said. “I saw a couple of our guys going in and just tried to shoot it there quick and had a little luck with me, so I’ll take those.”

In the loss Markstrom made 32 saves.

Up next: The Canucks prepare to host Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers Monday night.

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