NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Tampa Bay|
(Tuesday, January 24th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Columbus 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each
recorded a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus
Blue Jackets, 4-2.
Mike Angelidis and Nate Thompson also scored for the Lightning, who enter the
All-Star break with a season-high four-game win streak.
Mathieu Garon stopped 22-of-24 shots as Tampa has erased the memory of a
seven-game losing skid to start the new calendar year.
Brett Lebda and Ryan Johansen tallied goals for Columbus, while Curtis Sanford
made 27 saves in the Blue Jackets' fourth straight loss.
Angelidis struck first with 6:40 left in the first period with his first
career goal on his very first shot with a backhander from a tight angle to the
right of the net.
"That was exciting. It was a dream come true," Angelidis said about his goal.
"I just wanted to come up here, create some energy, not be a defensive
liability and contribute. It was unbelievable and made my whole night
But Columbus sent the game into the first intermission tied at one less than
two minutes later on Lebda's wrister from the right circle that snuck under
The Lightning then took control of the game with a two-goal second period.
The first came off the stick of Lecavalier when he redirected a Bruno Gervais
one-timer from the high slot past Sanford at the 8:19 mark, and the second was
set up by Lecavalier when he fed a cross-ice pass from the right circle that
went through two defenders to St. Louis at the left of the net, where he
tipped it home with 3:04 left in the period.
Johansen brought the Blue Jackets within a goal 5:40 into the third period
with a wrister from the left circle into the top-right corner.
That's as close as Columbus got, though, as Thompson gave the Lightning
back their two-goal cushion at the 11:29 mark when he snuck a close shot to
the right of the net through Sanford's pads.
"We battled to the end," Blue Jackets interim head coach Todd Richards said.
"I still thought for a 60-minute game we could have and should have been
better in certain areas."
Angelidis was recalled from Norfolk earlier Tuesday...The Lightning had not
won four straight since a five-game winning streak from March 25-April 3 of
last season...Tampa Bay is 13-7-1 as the host this year, while Columbus is
just 5-17-3 as the guest...Columbus fell to 1-4-2 all-time in Tampa and have
not recorded a win there since January 2, 2004.
01/25 00:34:44 ET