Blackhawks fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning in shootout

The first period looked like a good night for Chicago: the Blackhawks held the Lightning to zero shots on goal for twenty minutes, while getting a dozen at Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.

Holding an opponent without a SOG in a period was something the Blackhawks hadn't accomplished in nearly 67 years - since December 4, 1946, in fact. But such a solid feat would not be enough.

In the second, the Blackhawks leapt out to a 2-0 lead. Patrick Kane scored in the first minute. About eight minutes later, Bishop went to play the puck behind the net, and ended up being caught out to dry instead; Brandon Saad cleaned up a puck on the doorstep and created a power play goal for Chicago.

By the time the third rolled around, the Lightning had barely scratched the stats sheet - just 6 SOG to the Blackhawks' 25 - and they couldn't seem to stay out of the penalty box.

Perhaps if the Blackhawks had managed to put in a third goal early in the last period, it might have killed any momentum or hope the Lightning had. But the Bolts have won their last three versus Chicago; there weren't going away quite yet.

Martin St. Louis showed why he was the leading scorer last season after scooping up a rebound and breaking the seal on Tampa Bay's scoring. Less than two minutes later, Teddy Purcell tied up the game on the only power play the Lightning had all night.

Overtime only yielded two shots on goal per side; the game would end up being decided by a shootout.

Valteri Filppula scored the only goal on the shootout; at the other end, Bishop denied Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa.

After the game, the Lightning's coach, Jon Cooper, said that he felt the team "snuck out with a win" and "stole two points". Chicago's coach, Joel Quenneville, said his team had a solid game but recognized that Bishop had a hot game; but at least the Blackhawks took a point out of the match.

The Blackhawks next play on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. Central at the St. Louis Blues (NBCSN).

Three stars:
1) Martin St. Louis - TBL
2) Brandon Saad - CHI
3) Ben Bishop - TBL