TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored with 1:56 left in
overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the
Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
St. Louis got a pass from rookie Steven Stamkos, broke to his
right, and wristed a shot past Steve Mason. St. Louis fell and
slid into the boards after the goal, and was mobbed by his
St. Louis has six goals and eight assists in a nine-game point
streak for Tampa Bay, which ended a six-game home skid.
Columbus, which is closing in on its first postseason berth in
the franchise’s ninth season, had dominated against Eastern
Conference, compiling a 13-3-1 record and a 5-0 mark against the
Jan Hejda put the Blue Jackets ahead 1-0 at 4:21 in the third
but the Lightning tied it midway through the period on Ryan
Malone’s 25th goal of the season.
Tampa Bay had just seven shots after two periods and finished
Mike McKenna, playing in just his 11th game this season, made 33
saves for the Lightning. Mason finished with 15 stops for
Stamkos also extended his point streak to six games, in which he
has four goals and four assists.