Blues 3, Lightning 0

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been so good lately, that even a single loss couldn’t put a blemish on what has otherwise been a stretch of success recently.

After winning seven of its past nine games, Tampa Bay fell 3-0 to the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Saturday night, which put an end to the Lightning’s three-game winning streak.

Kris Russell, Kevin Shattenkirk and TJ Oshie each had goals for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past seven tries.

“We started well,” Lightning assistant coach Martin Raymond said. “I thought we had good jump and did some good things. They got that first one, but we had a few good looks on the power play and it was just unfortunate we couldn’t capitalize on them.”

Russell, making his Blues debut, opened the scoring with a slap shot from the left point that got through traffic and snuck past Mathieu Garon with just 1:09 to go in the first period.

The first 20 minutes could have been even worse for the Lightning, had St. Louis not hit two posts to start the game before Russell’s opening tally.

Garon finished the night with 21 saves.

The Blues improved to 2-0-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock, whose puck-control, transition game was something the Lightning had trouble controlling throughout the night.

St. Louis also played incredibly stingy in all areas of the ice, then contained Tampa Bay in all three zones.

It appeared Tampa Bay would head into the second intermission down by just one goal, leaving plenty to chance for a fourth consecutive comeback effort.

Instead, Shattenkirk doubled the lead with four seconds to go in the middle frame.

After Bruno Gervais had his shot blocked in St. Louis’ own zone, Jamie Langenbrunner found Alex Steen streaking down the left boards. Steen fought off Brett Clark, then sent a pass to Shattenkirk, who buried it past Garon at 19:54 to take a 2-0 lead heading into the third.

“We needed to simplify our game,” Gervais said. “We gave them too many open chances and didn’t win enough battles in that second period.”

Tampa Bay managed just two shots throughout the entire second frame, the fewest it has mustered through 20 minutes all season. It didn’t get off even one shot for the final 14:04 of the period.

Garon’s giveaway with the Lightning on the power play led to a 3-0 St. Louis lead early in the third.

The Lightning net minder was stripped of the puck behind his own net, allowing Oshie to wrist one into an open cage while shorthanded at 6:26.

Brian Elliott stopped all 19 shots faced, which were also the fewest attempted by the Lightning thus far this season.

The Blues goaltender came up with a number of key saves throughout the night, including a pair of chances on Brett Connolly and another on Dominic Moore in the third period as the Lightning forward spun off a defender and skated in towards the net.

Elliott also succeeded in shutting down a pair that had been producing against them over the course of their respective careers.

Prior to Saturday’s contest, Steven Stamkos had four goals and eight points in three career meetings going in, while Martin St. Louis had registered four goals and 13 points in the last seven meetings against St. Louis.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:51STL Kris Russell (3) ASST: Evgeny Grachev (2), Roman Polak (5) 1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
19:54STL Kevin Shattenkirk (2) ASST: Alexander Steen (4), Jamie Langenbrunner (5) 2 - 0 STL
3rd Period
06:26STL SHG - T.J. Oshie (5) ASST: David Backes (4) 3 - 0 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Steen
Alexander Steen
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:10
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
SA: 19TOI: 59:51
GA: 0EV: 11-11
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Kris Russell
Kris Russell
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:19
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:26TBL Matt Gilroy  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:17STL Vladimir Sobotka  Interference against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
11:29TBL Dominic Moore  Interference against  Barret Jackman
12:48STL Kevin Shattenkirk  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
05:14STL Kevin Shattenkirk  Slashing against  Steven Stamkos
05:14TBL Steven Stamkos  Slashing against  Kevin Shattenkirk
14:21TBL Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
3rd Period
05:11STL Barret Jackman  Tripping against  Dominic Moore
14:48TBL Steven Stamkos  Interference against  Alexander Steen
17:57STL Alexander Steen  Hooking against  Matt Gilroy
19:51STL Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/3
Faceoff Wins3526
Blocked Shots209
Penalty Minutes1012
2E. BrewerD00-10019:38
4V. LecavalierC00-11018:16
7B. ClarkD00-21017:32
9S. DownieR0003014:04
11T. PyattC00-10011:43
13P. KubinaD0001017:59
14B. ConnollyR00-13012:50
16T. PurcellL00-11013:02
18A. HallR000008:02
19D. MooreC00-11414:37
22R. ShannonR00-21014:31
26M. St. LouisR00-11025:24
27B. GervaisD00-20018:14
44N. ThompsonC0001013:13
47M. BergeronD0002022:43
49B. JonesC00-1006:46
91S. StamkosC00-13424:00
97M. GilroyD0000219:29
32M. Garon2124.87557:57
4K. RussellD1012014:19
5B. JackmanD0011220:45
12S. NicholC0010210:30
17V. SobotkaL0001216:05
20A. SteenL0113218:10
21P. BerglundC0001016:59
22K. ShattenkirkD1014424:23
25C. StewartR0000015:18
27A. PietrangeloD0011024:39
28C. ColaiacovoD0003018:37
36M. D'AgostiniR0000014:29
42D. BackesR0111020:59
44J. ArnottC0011013:32
46R. PolakD0122015:43
74T. OshieR1011018:24
75R. ReavesR001006:02
78E. GrachevC011006:04
1B. Elliott19191.00059:51