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Jackets Defeated By Tampa Bay, 4-2

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) -- Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lift the Tampa Bay 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. The victory was coach John Tortorella's 143rd with the Lightning, which moved him past Terry Crisp for most in franchise history.

St. Louis gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead when he scored on a wrist shot 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.

Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis made 35 saves. Tampa Bay's Sean Burke stopped 22 shots.

Taylor put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a rebound goal at 10:50 of the first. Taylor was chosen as one of three alternate captains after the Lightning decided not to name a new captain to replace Dave Andreychuk, who was waived Tuesday.

Fedotenko made it 2-0 on another rebound goal at 13:14 of the second. It was his first goal in nine games.

Nikolai Zherdev got Columbus within 2-1 on a power-play goal 31 seconds into the third.

Rick Nash had a six-game goal streak snapped. He had seven goals during the stretch. The Blue Jackets' left winger did extent his point streak to seven (six assists, 13 points) with an assist on Zherdev's goal.

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