The Chicago Blackhawks stormed back in the third period to take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, 2-1, from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
Chicago takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored just under two minutes apart late in the third period to stun the Lightning and erase a one-goal deficit.
The loss is deflating for the Lightning, who played about as well defensively as you could ask for the first 53-plus minutes of the game.
Chicago only managed 13 shots through the first two periods before pressing the attack in the third and forcing Tampa Bay back on its heels.
The Lightning, who took the lead in the first period on Alex Killorn’s ridiculous backhanded no-look redirection of Anton Stralman’s shot, looked tentative and unsure in their zone as the pressure mounted.
Teravainen’s goal came with Lightning netminder Ben Bishop screened in front, and it gave the winners of two of the last five Stanley Cups the momentum to keep pressing for Vermette’s eventual game-winner.
Bishop made 19 of 21 saves for the Lightning, while Corey Crawford stopped 22 of 23 for the win.
The Stanley Cup Final continues with Game 2 Saturday night in Tampa Bay.