Jon Cooper gets 500th win as Lightning top Kings in OT

Jon Cooper gets 500th win as Lightning top Kings in OT

Nick Perbix scored a nifty backhanded goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning opened a four-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.While being hounded by two Los A

Nick Perbix scored a nifty backhanded goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning opened a four-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.While being hounded by two Los Angeles skaters, Brandon Hagel dished the puck to the defenseman, who went to the backhand and sent home the game-winning goal at 2:02 – his first marker this season.Hagel and Tyler Motte scored third-period goals to rally out of a two-goal deficit as the Lightning moved to 12-1-0 in their past 13 meetings with Los Angeles.Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves in his fourth straight start.Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper recorded his 500th career victory and defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg had an assist for his first NHL point.The Kings’ Phillip Danault broke an 11-game goalless skid and Matt Roy scored. Trevor Moore recorded two assists in his 300th NHL game.Newly minted All-Star goaltender Cam Talbot, who received his second nod in the game last week, made 26 saves, but the Kings lost their sixth straight match (0-3-3).Other than the Lightning’s Conor Sheary committing a hooking penalty against defenseman Mikey Anderson, resulting in the first period’s only power play that produced a lone shot, the opening frame was fairly uneventful as Tampa Bay held an 11-6 shot advantage.During a series of quick passing in the second, Kings defenseman Jordan Spence skated below the goal line and swung a pass to Danault in the low slot.

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