CHICAGO - Victor Hedman scored twice, Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Sunday night.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions came from behind with a five-goal outburst over seven minutes bridging the second and third periods. Hedman, Corey Perry and Sergachev scored Tampa Bay’s last three goals in a 32-second span in the third.
Cal Foote and Taylor Raddysh also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots and picked up his league-leading 30th victory of the season. Tampa Bay’ won its second straight and seventh in eighth games.
Dylan Strome, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves.
Hedman’s first goal of the game with 4:43 left in the second period evened the score at 2-all. His shot from 25 feet beat came after a Tampa Bay power play ended.
Foote scored his first of the season for a 3-2 Lightning lead 1:31 later.
Hedman ripped a slap shot between Fleury’s legs for a 4-2 advantage 1:51 into the third period. Perry picked up Chicago defenseman Jake McCabe’s turnover and scored 17 seconds later. Fifteen seconds after that, the Lightning went up 6-2 on Sergachev’s 55-foot screened shot for three Lightning goals on as many shots.
The Blackhawks led 1-0 after a period on Strome’s 16th goal of the season, a one-timer over Vasilevskiy’s left shoulder. Raddysh tied the game on a backhand shot in the slot 1:09 into the second, but after Kane beat Vasilevskiy on a screened 40-foot shot at 6:09 of the second, the Lightning took over.
They scored the next five goals against Fleury on eight shots.
It was the eighth time this season the Lightning had scored at least six goals, and eighth time the Blackhawks allowed at least six.
After closing to within three games of .500, the Blackhawks are 5-11-2 since Jan. 17. … Tampa Bay D Zach Bogosian missed his 15th straight game with a lower-body injury. … Lightning D Cal Foote hadn’t scored since Jan. 30, 2021, a 69-game drought. … Chicago C Tyler Johnson played in his 600th career game.
Tampa Bay: The second of the Lightning’s six-game trip is Tuesday in Winnipeg, followed by stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Seattle.
Chicago: Anaheim visits the Blackhawks on Tuesday.