Hejduk Scores Disputed Winning Shootout Goal

By: AP
By: AP

Milan Hejduk was awarded the lone goal in a shootout when Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith was penalized for throwing his stick, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Lightning 2-1 Thursday night.

Smith's stick came loose when he was making a save on Hejduk's backhander. After discussing the play for several minutes, the officials awarded the goal.

As Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet argued the call, some fans threw debris onto the ice.

Paul Stastny had the Colorado goal in regulation, and Andrew Raycroft stopped 37 shots.

Jeff Halpern, playing in his first game of the season after being sidelined by a knee injury, scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost 16 of 18. Smith made 34 saves.


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