Brad Richards had a goal -- an empty-netter with 13.5 seconds left -- and two assists Wednesday night as the Lightning hung on for their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Blackhawks.
Chicago lost not once, but twice. Kyle Calder, the Blackhawks' leading goal scorer with 21, broke his left leg when a Lightning player fell on him with seconds remaining in the game. He will miss the rest of the season.
Tampa Bay owns the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the Lightning had their hands full against Chicago -- the West's worst team.
"They play hard," Richards said. "They're a team with nothing to lose. We let them back in the game a couple of times and, to their credit, they never gave up."
The Lightning snapped a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2) against Chicago and defeated the Blackhawks for the first time since March 14, 1998.
"We didn't have a tremendous amount of energy, but we found a way to grind it out," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "That's a hardworking team."
"Their big guy made some big saves when it was 4-3," Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter said. "We could have gotten a point."
Tampa Bay has a conference-high 37 victories, one short of the team record set in the 1995-96 season.
Mark Bell, Calder and Tuomo Ruutu scored for Chicago, winless in four games (0-2-2). Chicago's Adam Munro, playing his second NHL game, stopped 25 shots.
Lecavalier opened the scoring 4:24 in when he took a long pass from Sarich, got by defenseman Jim Vandermeer and broke in alone. Munro made a pad save on Lecavalier's first shot, but Lecavalier was able to stuff in the rebound.
Modin gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead 39 seconds later. While cutting through the crease, he backhanded in Richards' feed from behind the net.
Bell cut it to 2-1 with 22 seconds left in the period. While driving to the net, he popped in a rebound of Vandermeer's shot.
Sarich made it 3-1 at 6:10 of the second with a short-handed goal. He beat Munro with a shot from the right point.
Calder's goal with 5:18 left in the period brought Chicago within 3-2. After Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina couldn't handle a loose puck high in the slot, Calder picked it up and skated in alone on Khabibulin.
Fedotenko ripped in a high shot from the slot at 4:18 of the third to make it 4-2.
Ruutu cut it to 4-3 with a power-play goal midway through the third, deflecting in Anton Babchuck's low slap shot from the left point.
St. Louis extended his point streak to 13 games. He has eight goals and 15 assists during the span. ... Richards stretched his point streak to nine. He has six goals and 11 assists in those games. ... Lecavalier has six goals and five assists in six games. Modin has four goals and four assists in his last six. ... Chicago D Stephane Robidas missed his second game with a fractured cheekbone. ... Blackhawks C Brett McLean missed his third because of a concussion. ... Chicago C Alexander Karpovtsev sat out his third with a bruised shoulder. ... Babchuk was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL. He originally was credited with his first NHL goal, but it was awarded to Ruutu after the game.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Chris Lee, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Andy McElman, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 10,702 (54.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Vincent Lecavalier (26)
Assists: Cory Sarich, Ruslan Fedotenko
Fredrik Modin (22)
Assists: Brad Richards, Cory Stillman
Mark Bell (19)
Assists: Jim Vandermeer, Deron Quint
Cory Sarich (3)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards