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St. Louis helps Lightning edge Blue Jackets

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

Southeast Division.

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

with 17.

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.


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