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.
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.
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.
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).