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CALGARY, Alberta -- Being without center Steven Stamkos was supposed to be a death knell in the Tampa Bay Lightning's hot start to the first half of the season.

Instead, the Lightning keep on rolling along.

Tampa Bay, which has been without Stamkos -- who has twice led the NHL in goals and is a slam dunk for Canada's Olympic team if he can return in time from a broken leg suffered Nov. 11 - put another victory in the books with a 2-0 win over the struggling Calgary Flames on Friday night.

The Lightning have a 13-7-4 record without Stamkos and hit the halfway point of the season with a 25-12-4 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division.

After a scoreless first period in which the Lightning had the bulk of the momentum before the announced Scotiabank Saddledome crowd of 19,289, Tampa Bay found all the offense it needed in the second period from two rookies.

Left winger Ondrej Palat opened the scoring by wisely electing to shoot on a 2-on-1 rush and ripping a glove-side shot into the net.

Palat later fed a pretty cross-ice pass that right winger Nikita Kucherov redirected into the cage to double the lead.

From there, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was more than equal to the task to post his fourth shutout of the season with a 19-save performance.

With the win over the team the Lightning beat in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, Tampa Bay has a sparkling 10-2-3 record against Western Conference opponents this season.

Flames goalie Karri Ramo had high hopes of beating his former team -- he played 48 games for the Lightning in three seasons before spending four years in the KHL -- and held strong through yet another first period while his team was outplayed.

Despite several solid saves in a 27-stop effort, it was nowhere near enough for a Flames team that has been shut out three times in a four-game losing streak, all at home, and fell to 14-21-6.

The Flames have only scored one goal in those four games and have managed just one victory in nine outings while falling to near the bottom of the standings.

NOTES: Flames D Dennis Wideman returned to action after missing 16 games with a broken bone in his hand suffered when he blocked a shot Nov. 27. The return of the defenseman, who collected two goals and 12 points in 24 games before being injured, marks just the ninth game this season the Flames have had both Wideman and D Mark Giordano in the lineup together. ... Tampa Bay C Steven Stamkos, who has been out of action since suffering a broken leg on Nov. 11, skated in full equipment in practice on Thursday. If he can return in time for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, he is expected to play for Team Canada. ... Lightning D Sami Salo, who missed his fourth game with an undisclosed upper-body injury, practiced but did not play. He is expected to play Sunday in Edmonton. ... Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was among five former players, including former Detroit Red Wings teammate Nicklas Lidstrom, to be named to the 2014 class of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
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