"With the situation with Dave, and Dave was a huge part of this
team, the way it has gone we all take this personally," Taylor
said. "We all need to step up."
The victory was coach John Tortorella's 143rd with the
Lightning, which moved him past Terry Crisp for most in franchise
history. The defending Stanley Cup champions, currently eighth in
the Eastern Conference, trail Southeast Division-leading Carolina
by 15 points.
"I don't think the team was distracted," Tortorella said.
"There's a lot of things going on around the club. I thought they
St. Louis gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead when he scored on a
breakaway with 9:30 to play. After David Vyborny cut the Blue
Jackets' deficit to one with 4:47 remaining, St. Louis assisted on
Lecavalier's goal that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead at 17:55.
"It was a couple tough days," St. Louis said. "But you've got
to move forward, and I thought we did that."
"I think we just gave that game away in the third period ... I
don't remember us playing a dumber period than the one we played in
the third," Denis said. "If we go back and forth with this team,
we don't have a chance.
"I don't know what happened. I don't know how the switch in our
brain went off. It's just the wrong way to play this game."
Taylor put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a rebound goal at 10:50 of
the first. Taylor was chosen as one of three alternate captains
after the Lightning decided not to name a new top leader to replace
Fedotenko made it 2-0 on another rebound goal at 13:14 of the
second. It was his first goal in nine games.
Nikolai Zherdev got Columbus within 2-1 on a power-play goal 31
seconds into the third.
"I think we made a couple of dumb plays that cost us,"
Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "We were within a goal twice
and we gambled a couple of times on the blue line and it cost us
Rick Nash had a six-game goal streak snapped. He had seven goals
during the stretch. The Blue Jackets' left winger did extent his
point streak to seven (six assists, 13 points) with an assist on
"Tonight wasn't my night," said Nash, who had two shots and
The other Tampa Bay alternate captains are Vincent
Lecavalier and Fredrik Modin. ... Lightning associate coach Craig
Ramsay, who underwent prostate surgery on Jan. 6, watched from the
press box. He could resume bench duties in about a week. ... Nash
has no goals and one assist in four career games against the
Lightning. ... Tampa Bay RW Rob DiMaio returned after missing three
games with a lower back injury. ... Columbus is 0-4 in road games
against Eastern Conference teams this season.
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Referees: Blaine Angus, Rob Martell Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 20,425 (103.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tim Taylor (6)
Assists: Ryan Craig, Evgeny Artyukhin
Ruslan Fedotenko (11)
Assists: Fredrik Modin, Brad Richards
Nikolay Zherdev (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov
Martin St. Louis (16)
Assists: Nolan Pratt, Vinny Prospal
David Vyborny (9)
Assists: Ron Hainsey, Jaroslav Balastik
Vincent Lecavalier (18)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Martin St. Louis