Last-second Vegas goal sinks Lightning 4-3

By Digital Media Team, Spectrum Bay News 9
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 8:20 AM EST

What happened in Vegas not only stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning but ended its seven-game win streak. 

  • Last-second Vegas goal sinks Lightning 4-3
  • Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay (24-7-2) remains in first place in the Eastern Conference
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Shea Theodore snapped a tie with 2.3 seconds left and Las Vegas scored four power-play goals Tuesday night, ending Tampa Bay’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the NHL-best Lightning.

It was Vegas’ third straight win and seventh in eight games. This one came against the top team in the league — Tampa Bay leads the NHL with 50 points.

The Lightning, who wrapped up a four-game road trip against Western Conference foes, dropped to 12-2-0 against teams from the West.

Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves.

“Special teams, in the end, comes back to bite you,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “When you give a team four power-play goals, it’s tough to get those points. We just missed assignments. Our penalty kill up until the last couple of games has been pretty darn good.”

Tampa Bay’s Braydon Coburn was called for holding the stick against Neal with 24 seconds to go, giving Vegas the man advantage. After jarring the puck loose from the corner, Haula fed Marchessault up top, and he went cross-ice to find Theodore, who rifled a slap shot past Vasilevskiy for the game-winner.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.