How it happened: The Lightning didn’t sit back in the third period this time around. After letting a one-goal lead slip away in the third period in Game 1, the Lightning were more aggressive in Game 2. They had a 3-2 lead going into the third period, but the Blackhawks evened the game at 3-3 with a goal by Brent Seabrook at 3:38 of the period. The Lightning went back ahead with a power-play goal by Jason Garrison at 8:49. Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp was called for a penalty at 4:59 of the third period and then another penalty at 7:17. The Lightning capitalized on the second one for the go-ahead goal. Earlier in the game, the Lightning’s Cedric Paquette scored the lone goal in the first period. The Blackhawks fought back with goals by Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen to go up 2-1 in the second period. The Lightning answered with goals by Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson later in the second period.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop made 21 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 20 saves. Late in the third period, Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop, then Bishop briefly returned before Vasilevskiy finished the game. Vasilevskiy was in goal for Garrison's game winner, so the rookie goaltender earned his first playoff win.
What it means: The Lightning evened the series at 1-1, but the Blackhawks stole home-ice advantage by splitting the games. The Blackhawks also split the first two road games against the Nashville Predators in the first round and against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals. The Lightning improved to 4-0 in Game 2s in this year’s playoffs. They also snapped a three-game home losing streak.
According to the NHL, the team that has won Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals has gone on to win 56 of 75 series since 1939. Game 2 between the Blackhawks and Lightning allowed for more scoring opportunities. The Lightning have been able to shut down Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the first two games. Johnson snapped his five-game goalless streak and recorded his 13th goal of the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Player of the game: Vasilevskiy came in cold and made five key saves down the stretch.
Stat of the game: The Lightning held Kane without a shot on goal. It’s the first time in this year’s playoffs Kane was held without a shot on net.
What’s next: The series moves to Chicago for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be at the United Center on Monday.