|CBJ||1||1||0||0||0 (0 - 4)||2|
|TBL||1||1||0||0||1 (1 - 4)||3|
On a night in which Lecavalier skated in his 900th career game, the most of any player in franchise history, Malone scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout and Roloson made 28 saves to earn career win No. 200, as he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory in the shootout over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
“I think after a couple days off we came in a little sluggish,” Roloson said. “But the second and third period we played phenomenal. We started to bring it to them.”
Steven Stamkos scored both goals in regulation for Tampa Bay, winners in eight of the last 10 games at home.
Stamkos broke a 1-1 tie on the power play at 14:24 of the second period with his league-leading 35th of the season, three ahead of Sidney Crosby, who has been out with a concussion since Jan. 8. He has four goals in his last six games.
Columbus’ loss was its seventh in the last eight games and second straight after splitting a pair of games with Detroit over the weekend.
Derick Brassard had a goal to give him his fourth point in two games and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, while Mathieu Garon stopped 20 of 22 shots.
Both teams had a goal apiece in each of the first two periods to send a 2-2 game into the final 20 minutes after Columbus held a 22-17 shot advantage over the Lightning.
“The first 20 minutes weren’t exactly what we wanted, but more of what we expected,” Head Coach Guy Boucher said. “With two days off, we started a little slow, but as we built our game up we had more energy and got more drive, and that’s what we were looking for.”
Umberger opened the scoring at 12:26 after taking a puck off the side boards and wristing one five-hole through the legs of Roloson for his 16th of the season.
Stamkos responded to tie the contest with under two minutes left in the first. He took as pass at the right circle from Victor Hedman and zipped a wrist shot into the top right corner over the shoulder of Garon to make it 1-1.
“Heddy made a great play,” Stamkos said. “He sucked everyone into the middle of the ice and put the pass right on my tape. Their goalie had the opposite glove too tonight, so I had some extra room there on the blocker side.”
Hedman’s assist was his fourth in as many consecutive games and also marks a career-high.
“I’ve been trying to focus on being consistent and bringing my best game every night,” Hedman said. “I just want to keep on building on it.”
Stamkos’ second of the night on the power play deflected off Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot in front of the net at 14:24 of the second to put the Lightning up by a goal.
“We changed things up on the power play by going with two units, so it was a little different set-up there and we got a lucky bounce off the defenseman,” Stamkos added. “Teams are looking for that so we’re trying to give them some trouble by switching things up and being conscious of that.”
Brassard ended the scoring in regulation 52 seconds later when he tapped home a rebound following a shot off the post by Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash.
It was also the last Roloson would let through after stopping five more shots in the third period and four additional skaters in each round of the shootout.
Malone cashed in his second consecutive goal in the tiebreaker after also netting the game-winner against the Rangers on Dec. 23.
Tampa Bay moved to 3-2 this season in the shootout.
“We needed our whole team to be here,” defenseman Mattias Ohlund said. “We had a defense-first mentality tonight.”
|R.J. Umberger (16) ASST: Antoine Vermette (16), Mathieu Garon (1)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|Steven Stamkos (34) ASST: Victor Hedman (16)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (35) ASST: Martin St. Louis (38), Pavel Kubina (14)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Derick Brassard (11) ASST: Rick Nash (19), Jakub Voracek (20)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||V. Hedman||R. Nash|
|2||A. Hall||K. Wilson|
|3||S. Stamkos||K. Huselius|
|4||R. Malone||A. Vermette|
|Steven Stamkos Tripping against Kyle Wilson|
|Chris Clark Hooking against Simon Gagne|
|Teddy Purcell Holding against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Rostislav Klesla Hooking against Adam Hall|
|Marc Methot Hooking against Simon Gagne|
|Teddy Purcell Too many men/ice - bench|
|Rick Nash Charging against Mike Lundin|
|Adam Hall Roughing against Rick Nash|
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