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Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Martin St. Louis was quick to deflect all the credit after coming up with another big play for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis scored with 1:56 left in overtime to give Tampa Bay 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 teammates.

"(Stamkos) made a great play for me in overtime," St. Louis said. "But without (goalie Mike McKenna) tonight, I ain't talking to (reporters) right now. He's the reason why we won this game."

McKenna, playing in just his 11th game this season, made 33 saves.

"It's motivation enough to be in the NHL," the rookie goalie said, "but when (your team is) not getting many shots and you're facing (a) pile (of shots), then you know you've got to keep it tight."

St. Louis has six goals and eight assists in a nine-game point streak for Tampa Bay, which ended a six-game home skid.

"Even if he's having a tough night, he's always keeps working hard and always tries to do the right thing," Lightning interim coach Rick Toccet said. "Obviously his perseverance gets the game winner for us."

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.

"We don't have any success when we get away from the game plan and turn the puck over and force the puck way too much," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "And I'm going to talk to those players on it tomorrow."

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.

"Obviously we carried the majority of the (game) and we just failed to put them away," said Mason, who finished with 15 saves. "We know what we did wrong - just failed to capitalize on chances."

Stamkos also extended his point streak to six games, in which he has four goals and four assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
Jan Hejda (3) ASST: Jason Williams (24)
1 - 0 CBJ
PPG - Ryan Malone (25) ASST: Matt Lashoff (5), Steven Stamkos (21)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
Martin St. Louis (28) ASST: Steven Stamkos (22), Richard Petiot (3)
2 - 1 TBL
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/31/1
Power Play %21.7%18.8%
% on Road21.5%14.8%
% at Home22.0%22.9%
League Rank5th14th
penalty summary
1st Period
Richard Petiot  Slashing against  Antoine Vermette
2nd Period
Josef Melichar  Interference against  Andrew Murray
David Koci  Roughing against  Jared Boll
3rd Period
Jan Hejda  Holding the stick against  Vincent Lecavalier
OT Period
goalie stats
Steve Mason
SA: 17TOI: 63:03
Saves: 15EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
Mike McKenna
SA: 34TOI: 63:04
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0