TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Martin St. Louis was hoping for an offensive
breakout. He didn't expect anything like this.
St. Louis scored two of the Lightning's team-record three
short-handed goals and assisted on the third to help them beat the
Boston Bruins 4-2 Saturday night.
Tampa Bay had managed only three goals in its last three games
combined, and has gone scoreless in its last 18 power plays.
"We're going to take it any way they come right now," said St.
Louis, who has five goals -- three short-handed -- in his last five
games. "They're tough to come (by) as of late. You might see three
power-play goals, but it hasn't been that way for us."
St. Louis became the first player with three short-handed points
since Nov. 18, 2000, when Marian Hossa and Radek Bonk each did it
for Ottawa against Florida. The NHL record is four, set by Keith
Tkachuk on April 7, 1995, for Winnipeg against Vancouver.
"We try to kill penalties aggressively," Lightning coach John
Tortorella said. "We try to get down the ice. There were some
opportunities that we had the puck with some ice. We scored some
Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards also scored to help the
Lightning snap a five-game home winless streak and win for only the
second time in nine games.
Former Lightning left wing Rob Zamuner and Glen Murray scored
for Boston, winless in its last six games and 1-6-4-1 in its last
Lecavalier, who had only two goals in his previous 17 games,
opened the scoring off a rebound with 1:55 left in the first
Boston nearly tied it late in the period, but Travis Green's
point-blank wrister from the slot was gloved by Lightning goalie
John Grahame, who finished with 17 saves.
St. Louis then scored twice in an 11-minute span of the second
period, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. His slap shot from outside the
left circle got through a crowd and beat Raycroft at 5:28, and he
scored on a breakaway at 16:15.
"The power play didn't get it done," Boston coach Mike
Sullivan said. "Not only did we not get it done, but it cost our
team on the other end. We knew this team tries to score while
killing penalties. They cheat on the penalty kill and we couldn't
exploit it. We didn't come back with the urgency that we needed."
Zamuner scored his third goal of the season at 17:58 of the
second and Murray got his 12th at 1:32 of the third, but the Bruins
managed only one other shot in the next 15 minutes.
Richards' fifth goal of the season with 59 seconds left sealed
the win for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has killed 28 of its last 29 short-handed
situations. Boston was 0-for-6 on the power play. ... The Bruins
failed to get a point for only the fourth time in their last 19
road games (9-4-3-3). ... Boston has scored seven goals during its
six-game winless streak. ... Before Saturday, Tampa Bay had five
games with two short-handed goals in franchise history.
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Arena: Amalie Arena Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Watson Linesmen: David Brisebois, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 19,942 (103.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Vincent Lecavalier (12)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Martin St. Louis, Nolan Pratt
Martin St. Louis (10)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Henrik Bergfors, Henrik Bergfors
Martin St. Louis (11)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Fredrik Modin, Cory Sarich
Rob Zamuner (3)
Assists: Joe Thornton, Dan McGillis
Glen Murray (12)
Assist: P.J. Axelsson
Brad Richards (5)
Assists: Fredrik Modin, Dave Andreychuk