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Chicago Blackhawks Fall to Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in OT

The Chicago Blackhawks dropped another third-period lead and this time they did not recover.

Their two-game winning streak was snapped when Martin St. Louis scored in overtime to give the Tampa Lightning a 6-5 victory Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Hawks fall to 6-1-3 but continue their consecutive points streak to seven games.

Steven Stamkos recorded two goals and two assists while St. Louis and Victor Hedman each had a goal and assist for Tampa Bay. Nate Thompson and Matt Carle also scored to lift Ben Bishop to a win in net for the Lightning.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist and Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also netted a goal.

The Lightning jumped out to an early lead on the power play when Carle’s shot found the net past a screened Nikolai Khabibulin. Thompson then broke on a shorthanded two-on-one with B.J. Crombeen early in the second. Crombeen sent a pass to Thompson, who flipped in it for the goal. It was the Hawks’ first two-goal deficit this season.

Midway through the second, Bickell cut the deficit in half when he chipped in his third goal in as many games off Brent Seabrook‘s long shot that bounced off Marcus Kruger.

Hossa leveled the score 96 seconds later when he knocked in Patrick Sharp‘s shot.

Less than six minutes later Stamkos regained the Lightning lead. Stamkos rifled a slap shot from the right circle past Khabibulin.

A Minute and a half later, Kane stunted the Forum crowd when he scooped up a loose puck at the Hawks’ blue line and split Tampa Bay’s Eric Brewer and Andrej Sustr to tie it 3-3.

The Hawks cashed in on the power play early in the third. Kane rocketed a shot to the net where Shaw tipped it past Bishop for a 4-3 Hawks lead.

Hedman tied it again when he took a feed from St. Louis and put one five-hole on Khabibulin.

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay their third lead of the night on a power-play goal with 2:29 remaining in regulation. The Hawks appeared to be facing their second regulation loss this season before Radko Gudas gave them a gift. Carle picked Toews of the puck and sent a pass to Gudas in front of the net that trickled past Bishop to tie it 5-5.

Sheldon Brookbank was a healthy scratch for the Hawks while Michal Rozsival returned to the ice after missing the previous three games due to an illness. Michael Kostka missed the game with a lower-body injury and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

The Hawks return to the United Center Saturday night when they face-off against the new Central division foe Minnesota Wild at 7:00 p.m. CT (WGN/WGN 720).

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Tags: Andrew Shaw Bryan Bickell Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa NHL Nikolai Khabibulin Patrick Kane

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