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game recap

Lightning 8, Thrashers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 8, Thrashers 0
Atlanta Thrashers 0, Tampa Bay Lightning 8

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Tampa Bay Lightning were just looking for a win. Vincent Lecavalier made sure it was an impressive one.

Lecavalier had three goals and two assists, helping the Lightning stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

"We were looking to win one game," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I never envisioned 8-0. Who can figure the game out?"

It was the fourth career hat trick for Lecavalier, who has scored a goal in five consecutive games.

"It seemed like every shot went in," said Lecavalier, who took six shots. "Some nights you can have 10 shots and nothing goes in. Tonight, three go in. I don't know what to say?"

The Lightning record for goals in a game is four, set by Chris Kontos in the team's first-ever game on Oct. 7, 1992, against Chicago.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and four assists as the Lightning beat Atlanta for the fourth time in five games this season. Marc Denis made 21 saves to end a personal seven-game losing skid.

"We didn't show up," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "You don't need to be a specialist to figure out that game. Their execution was flawless. We got into penalty problems. They were skating, we were watching."

Denis' shutout was his first this season and 16th overall.

"It's fun to do it in the fashion we did it tonight," Denis said. "A total team effort."

Lecavalier and St. Louis set career highs with five points each.

"That's as good as I've seen Lecavalier and St. Louis play," Hartley said.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Alexeev, Brad Richards, Dan Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled after allowing five goals on 30 shots over two periods. The Thrashers' franchise-record tying five-game winning streak ended.

"This a good wake-up call," Lehtonen said. "Everybody has a lot of things to make better in the next game."

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 1-0 after he picked up a loose puck and scored from the slot with 27.6 seconds left in the first. After scoring a power-play goal from the right-circle at 6:28 of the second, Lecavalier made it 3-0 after faking a shot from the top of the left circle and scoring on an in-close backhander with 7:46 left in the period.

Alexeev and Richards extended the Lightning lead to 5-0 later in the second. Boyle and St. Louis, who scored off a pass from Lecavalier during a 2-on-1 at 6:30, gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 advantage early in the third.

"It was a pretty embarrassing loss," Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby said. "We're pretty disappointed in ourselves. We're just going to have to wake up tomorrow and try to forget about it."

Notes: Atlanta RW Marian Hossa, who has been battling a virus, was rested most of the third period. ... Tortorella coached his 400th game with the Lightning. ... Lecavalier's power-play goal in the second stopped an 0-for-26 stretch with the man advantage for Tampa Bay. ... Denis picked up his 100th NHL victory.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:32
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (15) ASST: Eric Perrin (6), Martin St. Louis (17)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:28
TBL
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (16) ASST: Dan Boyle (15), Martin St. Louis (18)
2 - 0 TBL
12:14
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (17) ASST: Filip Kuba (14), Martin St. Louis (19)
3 - 0 TBL
12:48
TBL
Nikita Alexeev (8) ASST: Brad Richards (14), Vinny Prospal (15)
4 - 0 TBL
14:58
TBL
PPG - Brad Richards (10) ASST: Martin St. Louis (20), Vincent Lecavalier (18)
5 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
03:26
TBL
Dan Boyle (5) ASST: NONE
6 - 0 TBL
06:30
TBL
SHG - Martin St. Louis (17) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (19)
7 - 0 TBL
09:12
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko (7) ASST: Ryan Craig (6), Doug Janik (2)
8 - 0 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:21
ATL
Steve Rucchin  Hi-sticking
16:04
ATL
Shane Hnidy  Hooking
2nd Period
00:14
ATL
Glen Metropolit  Hooking
00:53
TBL
Dan Boyle  Holding
04:58
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Tripping
07:23
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Fighting (maj)
07:23
ATL
Jon Sim  Fighting (maj)
13:18
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Cross checking
13:18
TBL
Dan Boyle  Roughing
13:57
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Slashing
13:57
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Elbowing
16:43
TBL
Ryan Craig  Holding
19:27
ATL
Vitaly Vishnevski  Interference
3rd Period
01:21
ATL
Braydon Coburn  Hooking
05:26
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Unsportsmanlike conduct
05:26
TBL
Dan Boyle  Roughing
05:26
TBL
Dan Boyle  Roughing
19:47
TBL
Andre Roy  Hooking
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 8TOI: 20:00
Saves: 5EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .625SH: 0 - 1
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 30TOI: 39:59
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Marc Denis
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1