Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy hadn’t scored a goal in his last two starts.
Then he faced the Wild.
After scoring two goals in the first period, the Wild moved away late from the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center for the team’s third straight win.
Ryan Hartman drew 2-2 at 9 minutes and 15 seconds into the third period, turning into a shot he placed in the top left corner of the net.
Hartman has scored five of his 12 team-leading goals in the last six games.
Marcus Foligno provided a goal into an empty net with 17 seconds left.
Vasilevskiy finished with 33 saves, while Cam Talbot made 28 saves for the Wild.
In the wake of a 7-1 Jets rout on Friday, the Wild continued their first-period scoring streak.
At 11:03, Nick Bjugstad dove into the neutral zone and into Tampa Bay territory before cutting down the middle and placing the puck just below the crossbar. That ended Vasilevskiy’s shutout streak at 141: 29, a streak that included both Philadelphia and Seattle shutout in the Lightning’s two previous games.
On the next shift, Tampa Bay responded when Corey Perry reached the top against Talbot just 48 seconds after Bjugstad’s goal.
But the Wild came out of the coming period after Victor Rask sent a free puck at 4:28 pm.
Rask went from a healthy scratch to a draw in the lineup with Mats Zuccarello sidelined after sustaining a gash to his hand in the final game against Winnipeg.
Zach Bogosian of the Lightning committed three penalties in the second period, in the span of 7:11, but the Wild had no power play and ended the afternoon 0 to 3.
Instead, Tampa Bay was the only team to score in the second – a traffic shot from Alex Killorn at 9:24. The Lightning also didn’t convert on three power games.
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