TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Martin St. Louis was hoping for an offensive breakout. He didn’t expect anything like this.
St. Louis scored two of the Lightning’s team-record three short-handed goals and assisted on the third to help them beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 Saturday night.
Tampa Bay had managed only three goals in its last three games combined, and has gone scoreless in its last 18 power plays.
“We’re going to take it any way they come right now,” said St. Louis, who has five goals—three short-handed—in his last five games. “They’re tough to come (by) as of late. You might see three power-play goals, but it hasn’t been that way for us.”
St. Louis became the first player with three short-handed points since Nov. 18, 2000, when Marian Hossa and Radek Bonk each did it for Ottawa against Florida. The NHL record is four, set by Keith Tkachuk on April 7, 1995, for Winnipeg against Vancouver.
“We try to kill penalties aggressively,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “We try to get down the ice. There were some opportunities that we had the puck with some ice. We scored some important goals.”
Lecavalier, who had only two goals in his previous 17 games, opened the scoring off a rebound with 1:55 left in the first period.
St. Louis then scored twice in an 11-minute span of the second period, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. His slap shot from outside the left circle got through a crowd and beat Raycroft at 5:28, and he scored on a breakaway at 16:15.
“The power play didn’t get it done,” Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. “Not only did we not get it done, but it cost our team on the other end. We knew this team tries to score while killing penalties. They cheat on the penalty kill and we couldn’t exploit it. We didn’t come back with the urgency that we needed.”
Zamuner scored his third goal of the season at 17:58 of the second and Murray got his 12th at 1:32 of the third, but the Bruins managed only one other shot in the next 15 minutes.
Richards’ fifth goal of the season with 59 seconds left sealed the win forTampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has killed 28 of its last 29 short-handed situations. Boston was 0-for-6 on the power play. … The Bruins failed to get a point for only the fourth time in their last 19 road games (9-4-3-3). … Boston has scored seven goals during its six-game winless streak. … Before Saturday, Tampa Bayhad five games with two short-handed goals in franchise history.