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
"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
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
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.
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
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