CHICAGO — Lightning coach Jon Cooper never misses a chance at a one-liner.
After Saturday night's improbable 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks, he looked back and forth as if he was being watched and almost whispered, "I was looking for the police when we left the locker room, because I thought we'd get arrested for stealing."
Indeed, Tampa Bay stole two points at the United Center.
Down 2-0 in the third period, the Lightning got goals in 103 seconds by Marty St. Louis and Teddy Purcell to tie the score with 8:09 left.
Goaltender Ben Bishop, stellar with 37 saves as Tampa Bay was outshot 39-16, made three more stops in the shootout. Valtteri Filppula scored and Tampa Bay (1-1-0) stunned last season's Stanley Cup champions despite not getting a shot in the first period, the third time in its history the team failed to get a shot in a period.
"These are the wins you build on," center Nate Thompson said. "To come out with two points here is huge."
None of it would have been possible without Bishop, who, as Thompson said, "saved our bacon."
"Unbelievable," Filppula said. "The reason we won was him."
Bishop allowed Tampa Bay to hang around, even as it was being outshot 12-0 in the first period, even as it fell behind 2-0 after the second period, when the shots were 25-6.
One of those goals was a gift. Brendan Saad scored after Nick Reddy's dump-in to the corner deflected off the glass to the front of an empty net as Bishop was out to play the puck.
"You just try to make some saves to keep your team in the game," Bishop said.
The message going into the third period was, he said, "We're only two shots away."
St. Louis got the first when he backhanded a rebound of Matt Carle's shot. Purcell, during Tampa Bay's only power play, tied it with a zippy wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.
Still, there were those first two periods.
St. Louis said he believes Chicago "overwhelmed us with their speed and puck possession."
Even so, Cooper said, "I don't think we gave up a ton of scoring chances. They had some time of possession and were zipping around, but the chances were not that drastic. They just had the puck more than we did."
Which makes it kind of tough to win. But Tampa Bay did.
"A comeback win in this building says a lot about this team," Bishop said. "We know we have a lot to work on. We know we can play better than that."
But they'll take the victory, literally.
|Lightning wins shootout 1-0|
|Lightning wins shootout 1-0|
First Period—None. Penalties—Hedman, TB (holding), 16:15.
Second Period—1, Chicago, Kane 2 (Bickell, Hjalmarsson), :59. 2, Chicago, Saad 2 (Leddy, Crawford), 9:14 (pp). Penalties—Malone, TB (hooking), 3:05; Killorn, TB (hooking), 7:25; Brewer, TB (cross-checking), 20:00.
Third Period—3, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 1 (Stamkos, Carle), 10:08. 4, Tampa Bay, Purcell 1 (St. Louis, Stamkos), 11:51 (pp). Penalties—Toews, Chi (high-sticking), 11:20; Filppula, TB (high-sticking), 12:26.
Shootout—Tampa Bay 1 (Filppula G, Hedman NG), Chicago 0 (Toews NG, Kane NG, Hossa NG). Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 0-6-8-2—16. Chicago 12-13-12-2—39. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 1 of 1; Chicago 1 of 5. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Bishop 1-0-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Chicago, Crawford 1-0-1 (16-14). A—21,563 (19,717). T—2:42. Referees—Frederick L'Ecuyer, Wes McCauley. Linesmen—Mark Shewchyk, Don Henderson.