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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Chicago

(Wednesday, March 3rd)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brad Richards finished with a goal and two assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-3 win over Chicago at the United Center.

Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich and Ruslan Fedotenko each finished with a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who earned their sixth straight victory.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 27 saves to tie Daren Puppa for most career wins in franchise history (77) for Tampa Bay, which snapped a nine-game winless string against Chicago (1-7-2), including a five-game skid on the road. Fredrik Modin also scored in the win.

"It wasn't a pretty win," Fedotenko said. "But we'll take it. We need to settle down and play our game."

Mark Bell, Kyle Calder and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Blackhawks, who are winless in their last four (0-2-2). Adam Munro stopped 24 shots in his second NHL game.

"It's great that I'm getting a chance to play," Munro said. "It's too bad I haven't won yet."

The Lightning scored twice less than a minute apart in the first period to go ahead 2-0.

Lecavalier registered his 26th goal of the season at 4:24 on a wrist shot from between the circles. Modin's 22nd tally came 39 seconds later from the left faceoff circle with an assist by Richards.

Bell's tip-in goal with 22 seconds left in the first pulled the Blackhawks within 2-1. Jim Vandermeer and Deron Quint both posted an assist on the play.

A shorthanded tally by Sarich at 6:10 of the second period pushed the Lightning edge to 3-1. He scored on a slap shot from near the left faceoff circle.

Chicago pulled within 3-2 on a slap shot by Calder from the left circle with 5:18 to go in the second. The team dictated the play in the middle period, holding a 17-7 shot advantage.

Fedotenko notched his 14th of the season at 4:18 of the third period to open a 4-2 edge for Tampa Bay.

Midway through the third period, Ruutu scored on the power play to gut the Blackhawks' deficit to 4-3.

Richards capped the scoring on an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Calder left the game with a broken left leg...Martin St. Louis and Cory Stillman each added two assists for the Lightning, who improved to 5-0-0 when scoring a shorthanded goal. St. Louis, who leads the league with 10 shorthanded points, owns a 13-game points streak...The Lightning improved to 25-5-4-1 when scoring first...Chicago fell to 1-4-1 in its last six home games...The Blackhawks have allowed 12 shorthanded goals -- the second most in the NHL.

03/04 00:35:51 ET

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