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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a shootout win in Dallas

With Tampa Bay on the power play in the third period and holding a 2-1 lead, Brayden Point carried the puck into the slot and dished off to his left for Steven Stamkos.

THE UNLIKELY SOURCE Ross Colton was sitting on the bench while the ice crew cleaned the playing surface before Tuesday's shootout when he felt a tap on his shoulder.

Colton skated confidently onto the puck, veered off to the side and fired a quick shot that Stars goalie Jake Oettinger had little chance to save.

AN URGENT START Tampa Bay waited until it trailed 3-0 entering the third period of Monday's loss to Nashville before playing with the desperation required to produce a positive result.

And they took an early 1-0 lead when Ondrej Palat's stretch pass hit Brayden Point in stride and the dynamic centerman backhanded a shot five-hole into the back of the net just 3:55 into the contest.

The Tampa Bay Lightning appeared well on their way to their third win in as many meetings with the Dallas Stars this season holding a 3-1 lead with less than three minutes remaining.

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