Tampa, Fla. (CBS) Steven Stamkos stamped his fourth career hat trick Friday night, and Vincent Lecavalier scored four minutes into overtime to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 at the St. Pete Times Forum.
After a goalless first period, both teams scored four goals during the second period to ignite the sellout crowd of 19,204 before Lecavalier ended it in overtime to give the Lightning their fourth consecutive home win.
Stamkos struck first with a clean up goal from the slot to give the bolts a 1-0 lead. Chicago left winger Patrick Sharp tied it up less than a minute later with a wrister passed Dwayne Roloson to bring it to 1-1.
Then to the dismay of Lightning fans, the Blackhawks picked up three goals in 65 seconds from Marian Hossa, Daniel Carcillo and Sharp to put Chicago up 4-2.
Guy Boucher gathered his men after the quick turn of events, and the talk brought out the best in Tampa Bay’s leaders. Stamkos tied the game at four with two big goals, with a highlight reel worthy power-play one-timer from Martin St. Louis to complete his hat trick.
St. Louis ended his night with three assists, including a pass to Lecavalier in overtime to beat Ray Emory in net for the game-winning goal.
Boucher and his team did not get discouraged from the three goal onslaught orchestrated by Chicago, and instead played their game and relied on their leaders to get the exciting win at home.
There is more than one leader on this team, but Stamkos set a lasting example with physical play, hard work and scoring ability that sets him apart in this league.
Tampa Bay will make the trip to South Florida on Sunday to face the Florida Panthers.