Back then they teamed up for plenty of goals, but this was a first in the NHL. “It’s unbelievable,” the 31-year-old Perrin said. “We had one in pre-season, but you don’t count those.”
St. Louis’ power-play goal in the second period with help from his childhood friend snapped a tie and sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to a slump-busting 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Perrin scored one of his own in the third period, and Filip Kuba netted two as the Lightning scored five goals for the third straight game. Unlike Saturday when the Lightning blew a late lead and lost in overtime at Boston, they put New York away.
St. Louis stretched his point streak to nine games when he fired in a hard shot off a feed from Perrin that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 7:12 left in the middle period. The pair, who grew up in Laval, Quebec, went on to star together at the University of Vermont but had never combined on an NHL goal.
“It’s been a long time and it was a pretty surreal moment going to him to celebrate,” Perrin said. “It was a weird feeling and brought back lots of memories.”
And it capped a wild 24 hours for Perrin, who has played in only 19 NHL games. He returned home to Florida on Sunday for the birth of a son – his second child – and then flew to Long Island on Monday.
Vincent Lecavalier got the other assist on St. Louis’ goal, giving him points in nine straight games, too. Tampa Bay won for just the second time in six games (2-3-1), with Johan Holmqvist in net for both.
“For one game, I think we played a pretty complete game,” coach John Tortorella said.
Kuba extended the lead to 3-1 with another power-play goal in the second period and his first tally with the Lightning, who signed the defenceman away from the Minnesota Wild in the offseason. Kuba added another man-advantage goal with 7:05 remaining to give Tampa Bay a three-goal lead.
The Lightning were the last NHL team to get a goal from their defence.
Perrin made it 5-1 with 4:28 left.
The Lightning pulled away in the second period – a frame they have owned through 15 games. They have outscored opponents 25-9 in the second period and are 7-1-1 when scoring at le