|TBL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
|CGY||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Martin St. Louis turned in a dazzling offensive display in the city where he began his NHL career.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward had three goals and an assist as the Lightning scored four times in the second period, cruising to a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
St. Louis, who split his first two NHL seasons between the Flames and the minors, has 22 goals this season.
``It's nice to do it in the city you used to play, obviously, but I've moved on and I'm trying to help my own team win,'' St. Louis said. ``Tonight was one of those nights where things were bouncing the right way.''
It was the second hat trick of the season for St. Louis and third of his career. The four points matched a career high set earlier this season against Montreal.
Brad Richards, Tim Taylor, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Lightning, and Vincent Lecavalier had three assists. With just one regulation loss in 10 games, Tampa Bay has opened up a six point lead over Atlanta atop the Southeast Division.
``It's so much easier to have success individually when the team's playing so well,'' St. Louis said. ``Everybody's very confident right now and we're all feeding off that.''
Dean McAmmond and Martin Gelinas scored for Calgary. The Flames fell back into seventh place in the Western Conference, one point behind Nashville.
Calgary led 1-0 when St. Louis tied it during a power play with 41 seconds left in the first period.
St. Louis fired a slap shot that seemed to fool goaltender Roman Turek, who was beaten inside the post on his glove side.
Turek also looked shaky on the go-ahead goal by St. Louis at 6:09 of the second.
Lecavalier intercepted a Calgary pass inside the Flames blue line and slid a pass to St. Louis at the side of the net. His pass attempt across the crease was steered by Turek's stick into his own net.
``I think he'd like to have the first two back,'' Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. ``The first, the power-play goal on the St. Louis shot is a bad goal, he's got to have that. On the second goal, too, he was guessing. He was reading pass and he misplayed it.''
After Gelinas briefly tied it for Calgary 2-2 at 9:34, Richards scored the eventual game-winner two minutes later.
St. Louis set up Taylor's goal at 14:50 before he capped his three-goal game at 18:20. He made it 5-2 off another setup from Lecavalier.
``They have a lot of skill, there's no doubt, but you can't give up two-on-ohs, three-on-ones, two-on-ones and let them do what they want,'' Flames center Craig Conroy said.
St. Louis has seven goals and five assists in six games.
``Turnovers are something every team thrives on, we have a pretty quick counter team and we create a lot of our chances that way,'' St. Louis said.
After giving up four goals on 14 shots in that second period, Turek was loudly jeered by the hom fans each time he made a save.
``There's three or four of our top guys, and they're very popular players, that have to pick their games up,'' Sutter said. ``You look at tonight's game and what their top four forwards did compared to the top forwards on our team.''
Turek was making his fifth start in a row after missing three months due to knee surgery. He made 23 saves.
John Grahame stopped 18 shots.
|PPG - Dean McAmmond (12) ASST: Jordan Leopold (13), Oleg Saprykin (9)|
1 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Martin St. Louis (20) ASST: Brad Richards (25), Cory Stillman (22)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Martin St. Louis (21) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (13)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Martin Gelinas (11) ASST: Shean Donovan (10), Denis Gauthier (4)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Brad Richards (10) ASST: Dan Boyle (15)|
3 - 2 TBL
|Tim Taylor (4) ASST: Martin St. Louis (27), Pavel Kubina (8)|
4 - 2 TBL
|Martin St. Louis (22) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (14), Tim Taylor (8)|
5 - 2 TBL
|Ruslan Fedotenko (9) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (15)|
6 - 2 TBL
|Cory Sarich Tripping against Craig Conroy|
|Denis Gauthier Delay of game|
|Chris Clark Interference against Cory Stillman|
|Ruslan Fedotenko Hooking against Andrew Ference|
|Krzysztof Oliwa Charging against Brad Lukowich|
|Vincent Lecavalier Fighting (maj) against Denis Gauthier|
|Vincent Lecavalier Slashing against Denis Gauthier|
|Denis Gauthier Misconduct (10 min) against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Denis Gauthier Fighting (maj) against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Denis Gauthier Instigator against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Nolan Pratt Hooking against Matthew Lombardi|
|Jarome Iginla Roughing against Jassen Cullimore|
|Robyn Regehr Roughing against Cory Sarich|
|Jassen Cullimore Roughing against Jarome Iginla|
|Cory Sarich Roughing against Robyn Regehr|
|SA: 20||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 18||EV: 14 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .900||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 29||TOI: 59:57|
|Saves: 23||EV: 16 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .793||SH: 0 - 0|