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OTTAWA Patrick Kane Jersey , Ontario (AP) —after falling behind in the first period and pulled even early in the third. When it trailed again with less than five minutes remaining, the Lightning were resilient again.Brayden Point tied the score on a power play with 27 seconds remaining in regulation and assisted on Yanni Gourde’s winner 14 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.“I really thought our guys chipped away and it did not come easy,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “They had to continue to work, obviously all the way to the very end, but the group has showed that this year with us and I thought they deserved the two points.”Cedric Paquette and Mathieu Joseph also scored for the Lightning, and Louis Domingue stopped 22 shots. Ryan McDonagh had three assists.Point tied the score on a two-man advantage with Domingue pulled for an extra attacker, taking a pass from Tyler Johnson to send the game to the extra period.“It went from game over to three of their guys going the other way and somehow (McDonagh) kept it in after taking a shot off the back of his foot or leg or whatever it hit,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “It was a pretty amazing play and it goes to (Johnson) and he makes a great play to (Point). Game-saver right there for us.”Bobby Ryan, Maxime Lajoie and Cody Ceci had the goals for the Senators. Craig Anderson finished with 41 saves a day after giving up three goals on 10 shots before being pulled in a 9-2 loss to Buffalo.Ottawa, which has lost six of seven, held a closed-door, players-only meeting after its latest defeat.“As a group www.montrealcanadiensteamshops.com , collectively, we’ve got to take some ownership for our play and our results,” defenseman Mark Borowiecki said. “It’s been a few too many years here for us where the players haven’t taken ownership.“We’re going through a rough patch here and this is where it’s a true test of our personalities and a true test of the group we have in here.”Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Lightning got on the board early in the second as Paquette scored 38 seconds in, jumping on a rebound in the crease.Joseph tied the score with the first goal of his career at 3:04 of the third. Anthony Cirelli spotted Joseph and he made no mistake, beating Anderson far side.Anderson kept the Senators in the game as the Lightning outshot Ottawa 10-1 through the first 10 minutes of the final frame.Ottawa regained the lead on a delayed penalty call as Chris Tierney found Ceci all alone in front with 4:44 left in regulation.However, the Senators have been outscored 21-12 in the third period this season, including Point’s tying tally in the final minute.“We’ve been a bit of a punching bag at times in the third period where we’re not able to break a team’s momentum and create some of our own, so that’s something as a group we need to address and we did,” forward Matt Duchene said.“It’s unfortunate because we did do some really good things. We had a big game from (Anderson), but the thing we’re having trouble with is putting it together for 60 (minutes).”The Senators took a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Ryan and Lajoie 10 minutes apart in the first period.NOTES: Lajoie’s fifth goal of the season tied him with Ryan Dzingel for the team lead. … D Borowiecki made his to the Senators’ lineup after serving a three-game suspension for a hit to the head on Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin. … Ottawa and Tampa Bay, who both entered the league in 1992 http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-anthony-mantha-jersey , each played its 2,000th game.UP NEXTLightning: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night to open a three-game homestand.Senators: Host New Jersey on Tuesday night. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Filip Forsberg dropped his broken stick and raced to the bench for another just as the puck slid around the boards near his skates. He grabbed a new stick from the Predators‘ equipment manager, fought off Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot and kept the puck onside.Then he skated toward Connor Hellebuyck, holding off Chiarot as he scored, then slid into the net .The man also known as Scoresberg or Filthy Fil then helped send the Western Conference semifinal back to Nashville for a deciding Game 7 with another highlight-reel worthy goal. Viktor Arvidsson found Forsberg and the Swede slipped the puck through his legs, a movement that prompted Hellebuyck to slide away from the post to cover the empty net to his left.Forsberg immediately flipped the puck through the sliver of an opening, causing a GIF-frenzy on social media.With the postseason that Forsberg is having, Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne can’t settle on the best goal he’s seen from his teammate.”I feel like these two series that already at least three or four really unbelievable goals, and it’s hard to pick,” Rinne said. ”I’m just a fan when I watch him play.”Forsberg led the Predators with 64 points helping Nashville win the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy during the regular season. He now is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with 15 points this postseason, bringing Nashville back for Game 7 on Thursday night against Winnipeg as the Predators seek a second straight berth in the West final. The winner of this series will host the Vegas Golden Knights for the first two games.With Pittsburgh and Boston eliminated Darren Helm Jersey , Forsberg now is tied with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the most points scored this postseason with 15, and the Predators forward has a plus-4 rating that is a point ahead of Ovechkin with both having played 12 games each.Forsberg looks just comfortable passing the puck through his own legs as those of a defenseman he’s undressing on his way to another goal or even just juggling the puck with his stick to give teammates time to get back onside. The 23-year-old forward from Ostervala, Sweden, said his stick skills are the result of lots of hard work.”Natural is definitely not the word for it, but it just takes a lot of practice, takes a lot of you doing,” Forsberg said. ”Just try to maybe do it in practice and stuff like that and once in a while you get time and space for it in a game, you try to pull it off.”Some scorers tap into their natural talent, blessed with quick hands and eyes along with soft hands. Others spend hours and hours developing muscle memory. Forsberg counts himself among those who made themselves into scorers. He started as a young child using a shooting ramp his father built for Forsberg and his brother and lots of road hockey.”I think that’s where it all started,” Forsberg said.His skills grew as he led his junior team with 40 points in 2010-11 and helped Sweden win silver at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship. Forsberg was captain when Sweden won both the World Under-18 and World Junior championships in 2012.The Washington Capitals made Forsberg their first-round pick at No. 11 overall in 2012. He never played a game for the Capitals before being traded April 3, 2013, to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat and Martin Latta.The Predators wasted no time getting Forsberg on the ice http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-dylan-larkin-jersey , playing him five games that same season. Forsberg spent only 13 games with Nashville in 2013-14, and he has been a fixture in the lineup since 2014-15. They signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract in June 2016.Center Nick Bonino won two Stanley Cups with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, and he’s gotten to watch Forsberg up close this season after signing as a free agent.”He’s very skilled,” Bonino said. ”He’s one of the most skilled sticks I’ve ever seen. Practice is fun with him. Games are fun with him.”Forward Colton Sissons sees Forsberg as having a gift that helps him see how best to move the puck instantly to execute in high-pressure moments. Sissons also is pretty sure of what might happen if he tried to mimic some of Forsberg’s scoring moves.”I might break my ankle or something bad might happen,” Sissons said. ”I’d probably just jam it in the near post, but I’ll leave the through the legs stuff to Fil and some of those guys.”—

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