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Watch Lightning's Paquette score winner in Game 3 of Cup Final

Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette had just two NHL playoff goals before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday – and his third, which won the game late in the third period for the Bolts to give them a 2-1 series lead over Chicago, was the biggest of his career.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette had only scored two NHL playoff goals prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago. But he'll remember his third career post-season goal at hockey's highest level – it was the game-winner late in the third period to give the Bolts a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.

The game appeared headed to overtime late in the final frame, but after another brilliant rush and pass from Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman – rapidly becoming the Bolts' top Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff MVP – Paquette was left all alone with the puck in front of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, and promptly scored the final goal of the night with 3:11 left in regulation:

The 21-year-old Paquette had 12 regular-season goals in the 2014-15 campaign, and although three of them were game-winners, none were as big as the one he had for the Lightning Monday.


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