Mattias Janmark sent the matchup between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning into OT, but Lightning squeak one home with 40 seconds remaining before shootout to win 5-4.
Dallas, happy with the overly important point, let one slip at home when Cory Conacher snuck one past Ben Bishop to win it for the Lightning.
The scoring started early when Tampa struck just over a minute after the opening faceoff, Brayden Point (26) made it 1-0 Tampa.
Tyler Seguin then answered for Dallas halfway through the first period with a snap-shot off the assist from Jamie Benn (35) and Alexander Radulov (34).
But Seguin’s monster night didn’t stop there.
He added another midway through the second period to give Dallas a 2-1 lead for his 34th goal of the season and his third in the last two games.
But then the Lightning struck.
Three unanswered goals, off of multiple attacks from Tampa flipped the second period on its head and pushed Tampa to a 4-2 lead. John Klingberg made a pair of uncharacteristic mistakes and both caused an odd man rush for Tampa that lead to goals.
However, in the third period, Dallas turned things around defensively and only allowed three shots on goal, shutting down the Tampa Bay attack.
The Stars needed a quick goal in the third to get back within striking distance and received it when Brett Ritchie (5) broke a 21-game scoreless streak to cut the deficit in half, 4-3.
Tampa countered with stifling protection for Lightning goalie Louis Domingue and held Dallas scoreless off of the next 11 shots of the period.
Then, with 3.8 seconds left on the clock, and in the midst of a clock malfunction, Mattias Janmark powered one in to tie the game at 4-4 just before the horn.
The play was then reviewed twice. First, because the game clock stopped at 9.0 seconds and stayed there for an extended period of time. The review would have negated the goal if a stopwatch and replay would have said otherwise.
After the first review the score stood, then the officials took a look at the play itself, and whether or not Tyler Seguin should have been called for goalie interference. Seguin was in the slot and being pushed forward by a Lightning defender and was reaching for a loose puck when he made contact with Domingue in goal.
The final conclusion from the officials stated that his stick was lodged underneath Domingue after a legal move and the goal was finally confirmed to tie it at 4-4.
Once the overtime period started, both sides had opportunities to convert, but the goaltenders stood strong and prevented an early end to the 3-on-3.
Then with 40.8 seconds remaining before the shootout, Tampa was able to add that final goal from Conacher (8) to win it 5-4 in overtime.
Ben Bishop made 20 saves including some incredibly clutch stops in OT to keep the game alive but conceded the 5 goals.
Seguin had three points on the night to give him the team lead with 58 on the season. He also had an outstanding night winning 56% of face-offs throughout the game.
Dallas outshot Tampa 35-25 over the game and blocked 17 shots.
With the OT point, Dallas remains in the top Wild Card position, but gains a point on the Minnesota Wild, who lost to Arizona 5-3, for third in the Central.
Dallas takes the ice again at home against St. Louis, Saturday at 1pm CT.
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