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Lightning suffer rare loss when leading after two periods

Jan 13, 2014, 10:58 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning had lost only once this season when carrying the lead into the third period – until tonight.

The Lightning were up 2-1 on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the end 40 minutes, but wound up on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision on Monday night.

Mark Letestu was credited with the winning goal on a deflection with 2:38 remaining in regulation time. U.S. Olympic hockey team snub Jack Johnson earned a helper on the goal, which he was originally credited with.

Columbus forward Nathan Horton scored his 200th career NHL goal with a wicked wrist shot early in the third period to tie the game.

  1. ctcork - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    We came apart those last few minutes. Certainly looked like we were in the driver’s seat in the second but failed to keep it going for the full 60. It’s funny because that’s what you generally expect from a young team but we’ve been breaking the mold for much of the season. Bolts are back at it tonight in NY and Bishop should be back in net

  2. lightning69 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    The Lightning were pylons in the Blues practice scrimmage for the entire 1st period.

    Lindback kept this from being embarrassing.

    Not sure what the NHL thinks is A-ok about Tropp slew footing and burying Gudas into the end boards, but I don’t think Gudas gets away with it if the roles were reversed. NHL inconsistency again. That said, Gudas was stupid for retaliating the way he did.

    Not the best way to start the busiest week of the season 5 games in 7 days.

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