Final

Series (Game 5 of 8)

Tampa Bay leads 5-3

Game 1: Thursday, October 5th
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SO
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Game 2: Monday, October 9th
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Lightning0
Game 3: Saturday, November 11th
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Lightning5
Game 4: Friday, November 24th
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OT
Lightning3
Game 5: Thursday, December 7th
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Lightning8
Game 6: Tuesday, December 26th
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Jets2
Game 7: Thursday, February 22nd
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OT
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Game 8: Saturday, April 7th
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Jets 0

(18-8-4, 40 pts)

Lightning 8

(14-13-2, 30 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2006

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
WPG 0 0 00
TB 1 4 38

Top Skaters

Winnipeg: E. Boulton - 2 SOG, Even

Tampa Bay: V. Lecavalier - 3 G, 2 A, 6 SOG, +4

Lecavalier, St. Louis combine for 10 points in Bolts' rout

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning were just looking for a win. Vincent Lecavalier made sure it was an impressive one.

Lecavalier had three goals and two assists, helping the Lightning stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

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Vincent Lecavalier
Lecavalier
Vincent Lecavalier scored the first three goals in the Lightning's victory. Prior to Thursday's game, Lecavalier had scored 14 goals this season, the most of any player without a multiple-goal game. Jason Pominville of the Sabres inherits that title (12).

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"We were looking to win one game," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I never envisioned 8-0. Who can figure the game out?"

It was the fourth career hat trick for Lecavalier, who has scored a goal in five consecutive games.

"It seemed like every shot went in," said Lecavalier, who took six shots. "Some nights you can have 10 shots and nothing goes in. Tonight, three go in. I don't know what to say."

The Lightning record for goals in a game is four, set by Chris Kontos in the team's first ever game on Oct. 7, 1992, against Chicago.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and four assists as the Lightning beat Atlanta for the fourth time in five games this season. Marc Denis made 21 saves to end a personal seven-game losing skid.

"We didn't show up," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "You don't need to be a specialist to figure out that game. Their execution was flawless. We got into penalty problems. They were skating, we were watching."

Denis' shutout was his first this season and 16th overall.

"It's fun to do it in the fashion we did it tonight," Denis said. "A total team effort."

Lecavalier and St. Louis set career highs with five points each.

"That's as good as I've seen Lecavalier and St. Louis play," Hartley said.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Alexeev, Brad Richards, Dan Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled after allowing five goals on 30 shots over two periods. The Thrashers' franchise record-tying five-game winning streak ended.

"This a good wake-up call," Lehtonen said. "Everybody has a lot of things to make better in the next game."

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 after he picked up a loose puck and scored from the slot with 27.6 seconds left in the first. After scoring a power-play goal from the right-circle at 6:28 of the second, Lecavalier made it 3-0 after faking a shot from the top of the left circle and scoring on an in-close backhander with 7:46 left in the period.

Alexeev and Richards extended the Lightning lead to 5-0 later in the second. Boyle and St. Louis, who scored off a pass from Lecavalier during a two-on-one at 6:30, gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 advantage early in the third.

"It was a pretty embarrassing loss," Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby said. "We're pretty disappointed in ourselves. We're just going to have to wake up tomorrow and try to forget about it."

Game notes


Atlanta right winger Marian Hossa, who has been battling a virus, was rested most of the third period. ... Tortorella coached his 400th game with the Lightning. ... Lecavalier's power-play goal in the second stopped an 0-for-26 stretch with the man advantage for Tampa Bay. ... Denis picked up his 100th NHL victory.

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