Lightning overpower Blue Jackets at home
Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored former captain Dave Andreychuk with hard work and a victory.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lift the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for Tampa Bay, which won for the fourth time in 12 games. It was the Lightning's first game since Andreychuk was placed on waivers Tuesday.
"With the situation with Dave, and Dave was a huge part of this team, the way it has gone we all take this personally," Taylor said. "We all need to step up."
The victory was coach John Tortorella's 143rd with the Lightning, which moved him past Terry Crisp for most in franchise history. The defending Stanley Cup champions, currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, trail Southeast Division-leading Carolina by 15 points.
"I don't think the team was distracted," Tortorella said. "There's a lot of things going on around the club. I thought they played well."
St. Louis gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead when he scored on a breakaway with 9:30 to play. After David Vyborny cut the Blue Jackets' deficit to one with 4:47 remaining, St. Louis assisted on Lecavalier's goal that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead at 17:55.
"It was a couple tough days," St. Louis said. "But you've got to move forward, and I thought we did that."
Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis made 35 saves.
"I think we just gave that game away in the third period ... I don't remember us playing a dumber period than the one we played in the third," Denis said. "If we go back and forth with this team, we don't have a chance.
"I don't know what happened. I don't know how the switch in our brain went off. It's just the wrong way to play this game."
Tampa Bay's Sean Burke stopped 22 shots.
Brian Gionta scored two power-play goals in the third period and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout as host New Jersey extended its winning streak to five with a victory over Vancouver.
Brodeur, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Monday, earned his 78th career shutout and third in five games.
Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils, who connected for three power-play goals in the final period to end the Canucks' three-game winning streak.
Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in his second career shutout and host Atlanta beat St. Louis for its franchise-record tying fourth straight victory.
Lehtonen, who injured his groin in the first game of the season, improved to 5-2 and posted his first shutout. The Thrashers also had two four-game winning streaks early in the 2003-04 season.
Frantisek Kaberle scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lead host Carolina past Nashville.
Kaberle was awarded the chance when Scott Hartnell - who was trying to stop a rush up ice by Carolina - threw his stick along the ice to slow Kaberle as he skated in for a breakaway against Tomas Vokoun.
Andy Hilbert scored two goals, and rookie Adam Munro stopped 28 shots as host Chicago defeated Pittsburgh. Radim Vrbata and Martin Lapointe also scored for Chicago, which has won two of three following a 10-game losing streak.
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