Lightning pushed to a shootout
The Tampa Bay Lightning increased their lead in the Atlantic Division to nine points over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Amalie Arena.
Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos each got the better of Craig Anderson in the Ottawa net in the shootout to give Tampa Bay the win, after the two sides had been unable to find a winner in the extra frame.
Alex Killorn, Yanni Gourde and Vladislav Namestnikov all lit the lamp for the hosts, who won three of four on the road before returning to Tampa to open their four-game home stand.
The Lightning not only leads the Atlantic Division and the Western Conference, but has also played two games less than the Maple Leafs.
Toronto is back in action on Saturday when they visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York.
It's the second contest of a five-game road swing that continues after Christmas against the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights.
The New Year opens for the Maple Leafs when they host Tampa Bay at the Air Canada Centre in what should be a fascinating clash.
Toronto has seen their lead over third-placed Boston cut to two points with the Bruins on a three-game winning streak.
Like their rivals, Boston is back on the ice on Saturday when they entertain the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden.
All but Calgary are in action on Saturday before the NHL takes their Christmas break. The Flames instead host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday and then don't play until next Thursday.
Calgary are 10001.00 to win the Stanley Cup, with the Lightning 5000.00 and the Maple Leafs 5000.00.
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