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Lightning working overtime for the wins

By Roger Mooney
Published: March 8, 2018
Playing in overtime has not been a problem for the Lightning as long as it has Brayden Point (21) to bail it out with the game-winning goal like he did here Tuesday against the Panthers. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

The Lightning enter tonight's game with the longest streak of consecutive overtime games by an NHL team this decade.

It stands at a franchise-long six games after Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against the visiting Panthers.

The NHL record is seven, set by the Oilers in 2004 and tied by the Maple Leafs in 2009.

The Lightning could tie that record tonight against the visiting Rangers, a team it has played once this year and lost to … in overtime.

"You look at it a couple of ways," coach Jon Cooper said. "Team's finding a way. The games aren't always pretty. Teams have come in here, some pretty hot teams, Florida and Toronto, and the guys have found a way to come out on top, so it says something about the group."

The Lightning is 5-0-1 in those games, which means it is closing them out … just not in regulation.

It blew a two-goal, third-period lead in Tuesday's overtime win against the Panthers and a one-goal lead in the third in Saturday's shootout victory against the Flyers. In that game, the Lightning actually trailed twice by two goals.

"It's been different scenarios leading up to it," defenseman Victor Hedman said. "We're obviously happy to find a way to win, either in overtime and shootouts. We want to find a way to close it out before that, but we've been munching points. We're in first place in our division. That's our goal all year: keep winning hockey games and put us in a good spot (for the playoffs)."

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