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game recap

Lighting rebound to beat Blues in OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM

NHL.com

Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier helped make sure the Tampa Bay Lightning rebounded from a lackluster defeat.

Lecavalier had a power-play goal at 4:53 in overtime, Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 40th goal and the Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa Bay, which leads the Southeast Division by three points over Washington, was coming off a 5-2 loss Friday night to the Capitals.

"Personally, for myself, I thought that was one of my worst games last game in a big game, so I knew I had to come out and try to prove to myself that I wanted to help this team win," Stamkos said. "It wasn't just me, the whole team stepped up."

St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer was called for a holding penalty 3:40 into the extra session, and Lecavalier converted a rebound backhander off a shot by Marc-Andre Bergeron for his ninth goal of the season, giving Tampa Bay the victory.

"Relentless, that's how we played," Lecavalier said.

Lecavalier has two goals in his last 17 games.

Stamkos had three assists, and Dominic Moore and Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning, who have won seven of eight. Stamkos also leads the NHL with 72 points.

Patrik Berglund, David Backes and Nikita Nikitin had the St. Louis goals. The Blues have lost 11 of 14.

"The difference is a 4-on-3 goal with 6 seconds left in overtime," Backes said. "There's no such thing as a moral victory, but to see ourselves play straight up with a prety good team is a step in the right direction."

Stamkos, who turns 21 on Monday, joins Lecavalier (2006-07, 2007-08) as the only Tampa Bay players with consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals. The center has four goals and seven points in three games against the Blues.

Stamkos made it 1-0 with 1:17 to go in the first, lifting a rebound over Ty Conklin after the Blues goalie stopped a shot by Brett Clark. Martin St. Louis, who has 13 assists and 17 points in 15 games against the Blues, helped set up the goal with a couple of stickhandling moves just above the right circle before passing the puck to Clark.

After Berglund tied it from the low slot 30 seconds into the second, Moore put the Lightning ahead 2-1 at 2:33.

St. Louis tied it again when Backes scored during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:05 of the second. Nikitin (13:09) and Downie (13:39) traded goals 30 seconds apart later in the period.

"We got a point," St. Louis coach Davis Payne said. "I think there's a lot of good things to take out of this hockey game. We've got to make sure we take them down the road."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:43
TBL
Steven Stamkos (40) Wrist shot - ASST: Brett Clark (13), Martin St. Louis (43)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
00:30
STL
Patrik Berglund (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (24), T.J. Oshie (10)
1 - 1 Tie
02:33
TBL
Dominic Moore (9) Tip-in - ASST: Steven Stamkos (30), Marc-Andre Bergeron (1)
2 - 1 TBL
11:05
STL
PPG - David Backes (17) Tip-in - ASST: Alexander Steen (25), Matt D'Agostini (15)
2 - 2 Tie
13:09
STL
Nikita Nikitin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jay McClement (10)
3 - 2 STL
13:39
TBL
Steve Downie (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (31), Martin St. Louis (44)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:53
TBL
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (2), Steven Stamkos (32)
4 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:05
TBL
Simon Gagne  Holding against  Brad Boyes
07:18
TBL
Adam Hall  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:52
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Hi-sticking against  Steven Stamkos
11:16
STL
David Backes  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
10:10
TBL
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  David Backes
10:24
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:11
STL
Andy McDonald  Slashing against  Adam Hall
10:39
STL
Vladimir Sobotka  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
OT Period
03:40
STL
Eric Brewer  Holding against  Dana Tyrell
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
SA: 40TOI: 64:53
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
13-7-5
SA: 32TOI: 64:39
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1