|CBJ||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|TBL||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
No matter whether at home or on the road, the beat just keeps on going for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist, Mathieu Garon turned back 22 shots, and the Lightning gained the added momentum it needed heading into the All-Star Break following a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Mike Angelidis and Nate Thompson also scored for Tampa Bay, which has now won a season-high four games in a row.
“Every time you get a win before the break – whether it’s Christmas or this – you want to make sure everyone’s on the same page,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher. “It means a lot for our guys and it makes a gigantic difference.”
Columbus got goals from Brett Lebda and Ryan Johansen. The Blue Jackets, coming off a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Monday night, are winless in their past four straight.
Curtis Sanford made 27 saves.
“I know there are circumstances at times that make it difficult,” Columbus interim head coach Todd Richards said. “But I still thought that for a 60-minute game, we could have and should have been better in certain areas.”
Angelidis opened the scoring with a backhand from below the right circle to grab Tampa Bay a quick 1-0 lead.
The play started when the forward, called up from the Lightning’s top AHL affiliate in Norfolk earlier in the day, stole the puck from Colton Gillies and skated into the Columbus zone to score his first career NHL goal by beating Sanford on a backhander with 6:40 to go in the first. Angelidis is the fifth Tampa Bay player, and the first since Ryan Craig on Dec. 17, 2005, to score a goal in his NHL debut.
“It felt unbelievable,” Angelidis said. “During the celebration, I thought I was going to faint. It was a dream come true.”
Lebda brought Columbus right back and tied it at one just 1:47 later to tie it 1-1 by roofing a shot from beneath the right circle over Garon to draw the Blue Jackets even. It was the defenseman's first goal since Feb. 24 of last season, and just his 20th overall in 369 NHL games. Garon improved to 8-1-2 against his former club.
Lecavalier’s power-play goal at 8:19 of the second regained Tampa Bay’s one-goal lead after he backhanded a rebound into the net off an initial point shot from Bruno Gervais.
St. Louis then made it 3-1 with just over three minutes to play in the second. He finished off a beautiful passing play with Lecavalier, who found the Bolts winger at the net for his 12th of the year.
Lecavalier and St. Louis each extended their respective point streaks to six games apiece. The Bolts captain has amassed three goals and 10 points in that span, while St. Louis has recorded a pair of goals and eight assists over the stretch.
Tampa Bay outshot the Blue Jackets 24-11 through two periods and 31-24 overall. Columbus, with an NHL-low 32 points, is 1-18-1 when behind entering the third period.
After Johansen cut the deficit to one at 5:40 of the third, Thompson put Tampa Bay up 4-2 by slipping one through Sanford nearly six minutes later to cap the game’s scoring.
“It’s huge,” St. Louis said of heading into the All-Star Break with a win. “You want to finish what you start, and we wanted to finish on a winning note and keep the streak alive and try to come back where we left off.”
|Mike Angelidis (1) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 TBL
|Brett Lebda (1) ASST: Derick Brassard (9), R.J. Umberger (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (19) ASST: Bruno Gervais (5), Martin St. Louis (31)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Martin St. Louis (12) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (21)|
3 - 1 TBL
|Ryan Johansen (9) ASST: R.J. Umberger (13)|
3 - 2 TBL
|Nate Thompson (5) ASST: Dominic Moore (14), Trevor Smith (2)|
4 - 2 TBL
|Rick Nash Hooking against Pavel Kubina|
|Grant Clitsome Tripping against Dominic Moore|
|Derek MacKenzie Tripping against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Matt Gilroy Hooking against Jared Boll|
|Teddy Purcell Too many men/ice - bench|
|Colton Gillies Kneeing against Matt Gilroy|
|SA: 31||TOI: 58:36|
|Saves: 27||EV: 21 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .871||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:55|
|Saves: 22||EV: 15 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .917||SH: 3 - 3|
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