The Blackhawks took a two-goal lead into the third period against the Lightning on Saturday night, but lost 3-2 in the shootout.
Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored in the second period to open up the offense after Tampa failed to register a single shot on net in the first 20 minutes. Through two periods, the Hawks not only held a two-goal lead, but they had out-shot the Lightning 25-6.
For the second time in as many games, Saad had a magnificent game on the Hawks’ third line. Not only did he score Chicago’s second goal, but he led the Hawks with four takeaways and tied with Kane and Duncan Keith with a team-high five shots on net.
Also on the Hawks’ third line, Andrew Shaw won six of 11 faceoffs and led the team with five hits. He was able to bait Eric Brewer into a stupid penalty as the second period expired, but the Blackhawks weren’t able to convert.
Keith led all Blackhawks with 28:56 on the ice, including 5:51 on the power play; he was credited with five shots on net and four that missed the mark.
The Blackhawks were only able to convert one of their five power play opportunities in the game, while the Lightning put home their second goal of the night during their only opportunity with a man advantage.
For the Lightning, Steven Stamkos was credited with two assists, two blocked shots and two shots on goal in over 19 minutes of ice time. However, he won only four of 18 faceoffs in the contest.
Stamkos’ first assist went to Martin St. Louis, who also had a two-point night.
Forward Ben Smith and defenseman Mike Kostka made their season debuts, replacing Jimmy Hayes and Michal Rozsival. Smith saw action on the Hawks’ one penalty kill next to Marcus Kruger, during which Teddy Purcell scored the game-tying goal for Tampa.
Former Blues and Sens prospect Ben Bishop had a magnificent night in net for Tampa, keeping the Bolts in the game in spits of their non-existent offense in the first 40 minutes. Bishop stopped 37 of 39 shots in regulation and overtime, and then stopped Toews, Kane and Marian Hossa in the shootout to earn the second point for Tampa.
Corey Crawford faced only 16 shots in 65 minutes, allowing the two goals. Former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout to complete the comeback victory.
Joakim Nordstrom and Brandon Bollig were each limited to less than 10 minutes in the game, while Smith skated 10:47 and was credited with two takeaways.