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Lightning 6, Avalanche 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Avalanche 5
Colorado Avalanche 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher was pleased that his team bounced back from an embarrassing loss at Boston, even if the ending was a little rough.

Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists, leading the Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

St. Louis, Mattias Ritola and Gagne scored in the second period to give Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage. The first two came 52 seconds apart, less than three minutes in.

Paul Stastny, Brandon Yip, Milan Hejduk, Philippe Dupuis and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado.

Stastny's 10th of the season 1:24 into the third got the Avalanche within one but Ryan Malone picked up his seventh goal for Tampa Bay and helped set up Sean Bergenheim to make it 6-3 with 4:05 left.

Colorado pulled within one again on goals by Yip at the 17:49 mark and Hejduk barely a minute later, but the rally stalled. Both teams missed scoring opportunities with the Colorado net unmanned.

"That was a big letdown," Boucher said. "We score some goals and especially when we're two or three goals ahead, we have a tendency to change things. We want to mature as a team."

Tampa Bay, which lost 8-1 to the Bruins on Thursday night, had dropped six consecutive games against Colorado.

"We were resilient right up until the end of the game," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "Overall, for 60 minutes, we need to play better. There is no question about that. That is not good enough against that team tonight."

The Lightning got off to a fast start behind Nate Thompson, who beat goalkeeper Peter Budaj for the first goal of the game at 7:14 in the first.

Philippe Dupuis responded for Colorado, tying it at 1 with 4:07 left in the first.

Budaj finished with 33 saves. Dan Ellis had 19 stops for Tampa Bay.

Colorado managed only five shots in the first period, failing to get one on net until left wing Greg Mauldin attempted a wraparound with 8:37 to go.

NOTES: Lightning D Victor Hedman reached 100 career NHL games. St. Louis is one shy of 800. ... Avalanche RW Milan Hejduk had two assists, extending his points streak to seven games. ... Scratches included LW David Koci and D Ryan Wilson for Colorado, and RW Steve Downie and D Matt Smaby for Tampa Bay. ... The Lightning improved to 7-2-2 at home. ... Tampa Bay is 11-0-0 on its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:14
TBL
Nate Thompson (4) ASST: Adam Hall (4), Victor Hedman (9)
1 - 0 TBL
15:53
COL
Philippe Dupuis (3) ASST: Matt Hunwick (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:52
TBL
Martin St. Louis (11) ASST: Simon Gagne (2), Mattias Ohlund (2)
2 - 1 TBL
02:44
TBL
Mattias Ritola (2) ASST: Johan Harju (1), Dana Tyrell (3)
3 - 1 TBL
07:18
COL
Matt Duchene (8) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (7), John-Michael Liles (20)
3 - 2 TBL
11:07
TBL
PPG - Simon Gagne (2) ASST: Martin St. Louis (22), Teddy Purcell (13)
4 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
01:24
COL
Paul Stastny (10) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (9), Milan Hejduk (20)
4 - 3 TBL
09:06
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (7) ASST: Simon Gagne (3), Martin St. Louis (23)
5 - 3 TBL
15:55
TBL
Sean Bergenheim (5) ASST: Mike Lundin (6), Ryan Malone (13)
6 - 3 TBL
17:49
COL
PPG - Brandon Yip (6) ASST: Daniel Winnik (4), Matt Duchene (16)
6 - 4 TBL
18:54
COL
Milan Hejduk (10) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (8), Kevin Shattenkirk (10)
6 - 5 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:44
COL
Kyle Quincey  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
12:12
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
17:22
TBL
Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
18:53
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Cross checking against  Brandon Yip
2nd Period
09:34
COL
Daniel Winnik  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
10:28
COL
Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Simon Gagne
16:59
COL
Philippe Dupuis  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
3rd Period
08:04
COL
Kyle Quincey  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
09:06
COL
John-Michael Liles  Game misconduct
09:21
TBL
Adam Hall  Interference against  Kyle Quincey
16:24
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Tripping against  Matt Hunwick
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 39TOI: 58:28
Saves: 33EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 24TOI: 59:59
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .792SH: 4 - 4