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TAMPA, Fla. -- Brett Connolly and Valterri Filppula scored third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2 Saturday night.

Alex Killorn had a goal and two assists for the Lightning (10-4-0) and goalie Ben Bishop finished the game with 28 saves, including a clean third period.

St. Louis (8-2-2) tried to rally and skated much of the final three minutes 6-on-5 but could not get any clear scoring opportunities.

Connolly notched his first goal of the season on a power play after defenseman Radko Gudas faked a slap shot and sent a hard pass. Connolly made a perfect tip off his stick past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak to take the 3-2 lead.

Filppula added the insurance with less than four minutes remaining as his backhand shot deflected off Blues defenseman Kevin Shatternkirk's stick and past Halak to extend the Lightning lead to 4-2.

Steven Stamkos added his 11th goal of the season in the second period to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. Stamkos held off on a shot and waited out a block attempt from defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to have a clear shot at Halak.

Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz scored goals for St. Louis while Shattenkirk added his team-high ninth assist. Filppula and Eric Brewer added assists for the Lightning while Mark Barberio earned his first point of the season when he picked up the second assist on Stamkos' goal.

Halak finished the game with 21 saves. He stopped a breakaway opportunity by Connolly in the second period and also swatted away a point-blank shot from Sami Salo with the game still tied in the third period.

NOTES: Both clubs are coming off of shutout victories Friday night. ... The Blues scored first for the fourth straight game and ninth time overall this season. ... With his second-period goal, Lightning C Steven Stamkos moved out of a tie with Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin for second overall in the league with 11. His 20 points are second in the league behind Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby (22). ... The Lightning are 5-0-0 against Western Conference opponents. ... The Blues streak of not allowing an even-strength goal was snapped after 2:25:55 consecutive minutes. ... The Lightning have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. ... Blues LW Alexander Steen notched an assist in the second period to stay on his surprising early-season scoring surge.
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