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game recap

Lightning 2, Stars 1

Friday, 01.20.2012 / 11:22 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 2, Stars 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Dallas Stars 1
Three Stars of the Game
Teddy Purcell
1st
Teddy Purcell
RW
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:27
Martin St. Louis
2nd
Martin St. Louis
RW
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:11
Tom Wandell
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:27

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NOTEWORTHY

  • The Lightning improved to 11-2-4 in one-goal games this season
  • Tampa Bay got its first road win since December 17 at Columbus
  • Tampa Bay improved to 4-0-2 against Dallas since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Stars haven’t claimed a regulation-time win against the Lightning since December 20, 2003. The Stars last posted a regulation-time win over the Lightning in Dallas on November 20, 2000
  • Teddy Purcell notched his first two-goal game of the season - It was Purcell’s fourth career multi-goal game. Two of his prior three multi-goal games came against Boston in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, with his other multi-goal performance coming as a hat trick against Saturday’s opponent, the Phoenix Coyotes, last season
  • Friday’s game was the first time Guy Boucher coached against Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan since Game 7 of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs’ Western Conference Finals, when Gulutzan’s Texas Stars eliminated Boucher’s Hamilton Bulldogs in Cedar Park, Texas
  • Martin St. Louis’ two assists give him 16 assists in 14 games since returning to the Bolts’ lineup from injury on December 21. It was his seventh multi-assist game of the season and 105th multi-assist game in his career with the Lightning
  • Vincent Lecavalier’s assist on Purcell’s game-winning goal gives him a four-game point-scoring streak (2g, 5a), which ties his season high

Mathieu Garon gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a chance to win. Teddy Purcell made sure they did.

Garon made 27 saves, and Purcell scored twice, including the game-winner, to help snap a six-game road losing streak and lift the Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Friday night.

With the win, Tampa Bay recorded victories in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 29-31, when it capped a sweep of a three-game home stand. It defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins, 5-3, on Tuesday night.

“I think the key for us was getting the game off to a good start,” Garon said. “We played well in the first period, and they started to come back and get some momentum, but we battled.”

Tom Wandell had the lone goal for Dallas, which has now lost four straight. Kari Lehtonen added 20 saves.

After spotting Tampa Bay an 1-0 lead, Wandell erased the one-goal deficit at 1:22 of the third to draw the Stars even. Skating near the top of the slot, Wandell redirected his skate to absorb a pass from Loui Eriksson and slide it across the goal line for his third of the year. After video review, the goal was upheld.

Dallas recovered from a sluggish start and outshot the Lightning 23-9 in the final two periods.

Garon, though, was equal to the task despite the Stars’ flurry of offense late in the game.

“We knew they were going to shoot more pucks at the end of the game,” Garon added. “But we battled and our guys did a good job of blocking a lot of shots.”

The Bolts got a scare when 4:33 into the second period, Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski knocked Steven Stamkos into Garon, catching the Tampa Bay goaltender’s right arm and sending him to the ice. After several minutes of attention from the training staff, Garon returned to the crease and the game resumed.

Several good scoring opportunities highlighted a strong start by the Lightning, but Lehtonen denied Stamkos on several chances from in close to keep the contest scoreless throughout the majority of the first. Purcell got the Lightning on the board when he took a pass from Martin St. Louis in the low slot, deked Lehtonen, and slipped one through the five hole for a 1-0 lead at 18:48.

“He was covering a large part of the net,” Lightning assistant Dan Lacroix said of Lehtonen. “I thought we did a good job getting a lot of good looks, but we needed to get the puck up and work harder to get it past him.”

With the game tied at one, Purcell carried the puck from the right circle into the slot and backhanded a shot past Lehtonen at 3:36 of the final period to make it 2-1.

For Purcell, it was his first multi-goal game of the season, and second multi-point outing in his past three games.

“I thought we did a good job generating speed in the neutral zone and moving our feet,” Purcell said. “When we do that, it gives us a chance to be successful.”

St. Louis assisted on both of Purcell’s goals, giving him 16 assists in his past 14 games since returning from injury.

The Lightning, 19-23-4, last won away from the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Dec. 17, when they earned a 3-2 victory at Columbus.

Dallas finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play and is now in a 4-for-44 slump with the man advantage.

Both teams played in the first half of a back-to-back set. Dallas visits Minnesota on Saturday, while Tampa Bay travels to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:48
TBL
Teddy Purcell (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (28), Bruno Gervais (4)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:22
DAL
Tom Wandell (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Loui Eriksson (25)
1 - 1 Tie
03:36
TBL
Teddy Purcell (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (29), Vincent Lecavalier (19)
2 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:55
DAL
Tom Wandell  Tripping against  Dana Tyrell
12:35
DAL
Stephane Robidas  Hi-sticking against  Teddy Purcell
16:14
TBL
Brett Connolly  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
2nd Period
05:55
TBL
Dominic Moore  Boarding against  Loui Eriksson
09:02
TBL
Brett Connolly  Tripping against  Eric Nystrom
17:42
TBL
Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
17:42
DAL
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Pierre-Cedric Labrie
3rd Period
07:31
TBL
Ryan Malone  Cross checking against  Vernon Fiddler
08:53
DAL
Vernon Fiddler  Slashing against  Matt Gilroy
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 0
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
16-10-1
SA: 22TOI: 59:09
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1