TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The struggling St. Louis Blues keep finding
ways to lose.
John Grahame tied a Lightning record with his eighth consecutive
win, and Martin St. Louis scored a tiebreaking goal with 6:30 left
in Tampa Bay's 5-4 victory against the Blues on Thursday night.
Grahame made 18 saves in equaling the top Tampa Bay winning
streak set by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2004. Ruslan Fedotenko had two
goals, including an empty-netter with 33.5 seconds remaining.
Mike Sillinger and Keith Tkachuk each had two goals and an
assist for the Blues, who have lost five of six and have the NHL's
worst record (5-17-3). Tkachuk got the Blues within 5-4 with 18
"We had them down 3-1 ... we can't be scared to make the next
play," Sillinger said. "It's almost like we're afraid of success.
You've got to know how to win. You've got to want it."
"You can say what you want, whether we're a fragile team or
this and that. That's baloney. We're in the NHL. I don't care how
much youth we have in the lineup, it doesn't matter. It's just a
fine line between winning and losing."
The Blues (2-4-2) have lost six of eight when leading after two
"The way things have been going with our club is that we were
trying to sit on it, protect that lead and it's kind of the wrong
thing," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "You've got to keep going
after them because that's where we had success in the first two
St. Louis scored on a rebound shot from the left circle to put
Tampa Bay up 4-3. Tim Taylor got the Lightning even at 3 when he
lifted an in-close shot over Patrick Lalime at 6:15 of the third.
"I think we showed our team's strength," Fedotenko said.
"Even 3-1 down, we find a way to win the game."
Fredrik Modin also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won 9 of 11.
The Lightning hadn't played since beating Chicago last Friday.
"We calmly went about our business and found a way to get two
points," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I think we were
playing well enough and creating enough scoring chances not to
change, not to panic."
Modin put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 12:13 of
the first period. Sillinger tied it at 1 just over a minute later
Lalime made a diving stop on Vinny Prospal and turned aside an
in-close chance by Vincent Lecavalier during a Lightning power play
early in the second. Tampa Bay outshot the Blues 8-1 during the
first six minutes of the period.
Lalime stopped 28 shots.
Sillinger made it 2-1 on a rebound goal at 10:49. He scored
after Grahame made a save on Tkachuk's point-blank shot.
St. Louis went up 3-1 on Tkachuk's rebound power-play goal with
5:25 left in the second. Fedotenko cut the Lightning deficit to 3-2
"I thought we deserved a better fate," Kitchen said. "Our
guys worked hard. I'm happy with our effort. We just want to get
rewarded sometime along the line for having that kind of effort."
St. Louis captain Dallas Drake and RW Scott Young both sat
out with sore backs. ... Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has gone
18 games without a goal. He has 636 in his career, including two
this season in 28 games. ... Tkachuk has a point in all five games
since returning from a rib injury. He has five goals and 11 points
over the stretch. ... The Lightning are 2-6-0 when trailing after
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Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Fredrik Modin (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Brad Richards, Dan Boyle
Mike Sillinger (7)
Assists: Dennis Wideman, Eric Weinrich
Mike Sillinger (8)
Assists: Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight
Keith Tkachuk (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Doug Weight, Mike Sillinger
Ruslan Fedotenko (7)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Paul Ranger
Tim Taylor (4)
Assists: Evgeny Artyukhin, Rob DiMaio
Martin St. Louis (11)
Assists: Dan Boyle, Fredrik Modin
Ruslan Fedotenko (8)
(Empty Net) Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal
Keith Tkachuk (5)
Assists: Eric Boguniecki, Eric Weinrich