Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Callahan scored in the third round of the shootout to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to another home victory, a 3-2 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche. Callahan also had a goal in regulation in the Lightnings seventh consecutive win at Amalie Arena, while Ben Bishop did his part with a stellar 40-save effort that included five stops in overtime. Anton Stralman contributed a goal and an assist to Tampa Bays ninth win in its last 12 overall. The Avalanche still managed a point courtesy of Nathan MacKinnons game-tying goal with just 6.8 seconds remaining in the third period. MacKinnon added an assist on Ryan OReillys marker, with Semyon Varlamov finishing with 29 saves for Colorado. The Lightning were able to kill off a pair of Colorado power plays after taking a 2-1 lead on Stralmans goal 4:08 into the third period, but couldnt withstand the Avalanches late charge with Varlamov pulled for an extra attacker. Colorado pressured the Tampa Bay zone in the waning seconds and were rewarded for the effort, as Gabriel Landeskog slid a pass across the crease that MacKinnon buried into an open side while on the doorstep of the left post. The Lightning managed to ward off a brief 4-on-3 for Colorado to close out overtime, then claimed an early edge in the shootout when Nikita Kucherov scored in the first round. Matt Duchene tied it on the Avs second attempt, however. Callahan then began the third by driving hard to the net and slipping a shot past Varlamovs right pad, and Bishop cut off the angle on Alex Tanguay to give Tampa the two points. The game couldnt have begun much worse for the Avalanche, who were short- handed just 31 seconds in when defenseman Jan Hejda was sent off for a hooking call. Tampa Bay capitalized on the resulting power play. After Stralman hit Alex Killorn in stride with a long outlet pass, Killorn put the puck right on a charging Callahans stick to deposit it past an out-of-position Varlamov with 1:58 elapsed in the contest. Varlamov was sharp over the remainder of an opening period in which the Avalanche were outshot 15-5, and Colorado picked it up considerably in the second. The Avs ripped off 20 shots for the stanza and knotted the score 51 seconds into the frame behind OReilly, who kept the puck in the Tampa zone after being denied twice by Bishop and then connected off a MacKinnon give moments afterward. Stralmans drive from the right boards got through Varlamovs pads early in the third to put Tampa Bay back on top. Game Notes Tampa Bays seven-game home win streak is one short of a franchise record set from March 17-April 8, 2006 ... Since Callahan was acquired from the Rangers last March, the Lightning are 16-2-0 in games where he has at least one goal ... Tampa Bay improved to 2-4 in shootouts this season while the Avalanche fell to 5-4 ... Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman returned to action from a two-game absence caused by a lower-body injury, but fellow blueliner Matt Carle sat out due to an undisclosed injury. Kris Russell Jersey
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"At the end of the day I kept coming back to a lot of things I didnt like that I saw trending. I just felt to move forward and kind of put a new perspective and new direction, it was the right thing to do." Besides Tortorella, assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also relieved of his duties. They join fired president and general manager Mike Gillis as those paying the price for a dismal year that saw the Canucks finish 25th overall. Assistant coaches Glen Gulutzan and Darryl Williams and goaltender coach Roland Melanson will keep their jobs. Linden hopes to have a new general manager hired by the end of the month. The search for a coach could coincide with looking for a GM. "I have a real strong (GM) candidate list that I will be starting the interview process next week," said Linden. "I think the two processes can move along together for a certain period of time. "Its important the manager have a great deal of input on the coaching direction. That would be the ideal situation." One of the names most frequently mentioned for the Vancouver GMs job is Jim Benning, Bostons assistant general manager and a former teammate of Linden. The Bruins have the potential to play deep into the Stanley Cup playoff. Linden refused to be specific about any candidates but indicated playoff teams may be willing to let him talk to their staff. "I have not got any pushback on timing from a playoff standpoint," he said. Linden wants a coach with experience at "many levels." The person must be a teacher and be able to communicate with his players. One of the most popular Canucks of all time, Linden is trying to repair the teams image and its relationship with fans left disillusioned by Vancouvers drop from the ranks of the NHLs elite. "This is a fresh start for our team and youll see us make some other changes this summer," he said in a letter to season ticket holders. "It starts with how we shape our management and coaching staffs and the roster improvements were able to make." The Canucks had a good start under Tortorella but finished the year with a 36-35-11 record for 83 points. The Canucks had justt 13 wins in the 41 games since Jan.dddddddddddd 1. Vancouver also struggled to score, managing just 196 goals on the season, leaving the Canucks tied for second least in the league. At an April 14 season-ending news conference Tortorella was blunt when he said the Canucks are getting old and the core needed revitalizing. Linden was asked about the comments. "We talked about that," he said. "I dont totally agree with everything he said." Tortorella, who won a Stanley Cup coaching Tampa Bay in 2004, was hired as the Canucks 17th head coach last June to replace the fired Alain Vigneault. Vigneault took over Tortorellas old team, the New York Rangers, and has led them into the second round of this seasons playoffs. Tortorella has four years remaining on a contact which is estimated at US$2 million a season. Its estimated the Canucks owe Gillis $4 million for the remaining four years left on his contract. Tortorella could be cantankerous, even rude, when dealing with the media during his five seasons with the Rangers. He kept his promise to be different in Vancouver, where he was cordial and often humorous when talking to reporters. On the ice Tortorella preached defence and shot blocking. He used star players Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the penalty kill. He also faced criticism for the amount of ice time he heaped on front-line players like the Sedins and centre Ryan Kesler, who averaged 21 minutes 48 seconds of ice time a night. Tortorellas decision to start rookie goaltender Eddie Lack in the outdoor Heritage Classic game frustrated veteran Roberto Luongo. That decision eventually resulted in Luongo being traded to Florida. A rash of injuries took their toll, Both Sedins, Alex Burrows and defenceman Chris Tanev all missed a significant number of games with injuries. Noted for his fiery manner behind the bench Tortorella shocked management and the teams owners when he tried to get into the Calgary Flames locker-room following a line brawl in a Jan. 18 game in Vancouver. Tortorella was prevented from getting at Flames coach Bob Hartley and was suspended for six games. The Canucks were 2-4-0 during that period, then 2-7-1 when Tortorella returned. Linden said that incident did not factor in Tortorellas firing. Canuck players said they played a role in the fate of both Gillis and Tortorella. "The bottom line is if we win more games, then guys dont lose their jobs," said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Among the available coaches is Barry Trotz, who was fired from Nashville last month after 15 seasons with the Predators. Other candidates include L.A. assistant coach John Stevens and former Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher. "We will do everything we can to make this team as good as it can be and get back to the Stanley Cup playoffs," Linden said. 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