Posted October 25, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Radko Gudas was able to joke after being center stage in what both coaches called a crazy ending. The Tampa Bay defenseman had a puck go off him late in the third and then assisted on Martin St. Louis' goal 1:16 into overtime as the Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on Thursday night. Chicago's Jonathan Toews was credited with a game-tying goal with 1:49 left in the third after the Lightning put the puck into their own net. Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle sent the puck from the neutral zone back into the Lightning defensive zone, where it went off Gudas and past a stunned goalie Ben Bishop into the net. ''I didn't think the first (goal) of the season was going to be like that,'' said Gudas, who hasn't scored a goal this season. ''It bounced right in front of me, hit my (stick) shaft, my ankle and went straight in.'' Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said it seemed as if the goal took place in slow motion. ''There's b...
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