NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at St. Louis
(Tuesday, February 5th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, St. Louis 4
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis posted a goal and two assists, as the Tampa Bay Lightning squeaked by the St. Louis Blues, 5-4, at Scottrade Center.
The Lightning won in the Gateway City for the first time since October 13, 1992, their inaugural season. Tampa Bay had dropped 10 straight (0-9-0-1) in St. Louis.
Paul Ranger registered a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won two of three. Vincent Lecavalier collected two assists and Johan Holmqvist made 21 saves to earn his 18th win of the season.
Brad Boyes, Keith Tkachuk, Jamal Mayers and David Perron scored for the Blues, losers of two straight and nine of their last 11 overall. Andy McDonald had two assists and Manny Legace allowed five goals on 24 shots in defeat.
Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
Jason Ward lit the lamp at 4:25 and then Ranger's backhander from the point deflected off the skate of Craig MacDonald, who was positioned in the slot, and eluded Legace at 7:13.
Nick Tarnasky capped the scoring flurry with 5:05 remaining when the forward drove hard to the net and banged home a feed from St. Louis.
Mayers scored nine seconds later to make it a 5-3 game. In the final minute of regulation, Legace raced to the bench in favor of an extra attacker, and the Blues capitalized, as Perron fired the puck over the glove of Holmqvist with 23 seconds to go.
The Blues had a chance late, but Eric Brewer had two shots blocked and the Lightning held on for the victory.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring at the 6:01 mark of the first, as Ranger fired a shot from the edge of the left circle high to the glove side. The Blues responded 28 seconds later when Boyes roofed the puck right up underneath the bar.
The Lightning regained the lead courtesy of the power play, as St. Louis redirected Lecavalier's shot from the right circle past Legace at 6:55 of the second. Tkachuk's power-play goal knotted the game at two with 5:58 remaining.
The two teams met in St. Louis for the first time since February 19, 2004...With the win, Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella moved passed Robbie Ftorek for second place on the all-time American-born coach wins list (230)...St. Louis went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Lightning scored on their only opportunity with the man advantage.
02/05 23:35:52 ET