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Road trip begins with a loss in St. Louis

Bolts surrender three unanswered goals in Tuesday's loss to the Blues

by Jacob Lynn /

Tuesday's game versus the Blues began with plenty of celebration for Tampa Bay.

Pat Maroon was given his Stanley Cup ring and a standing ovation in his homecoming in St. Louis and Anthony Cirelli capped a strong first period with a goal to give Tampa Bay the lead.

It ended with three unanswered St. Louis goals that led to a 3-1 defeat and the Lightning's second-straight loss.

Coming off a loss at home to Winnipeg on Saturday, the Lightning came out in the first game of a two-game trip playing well. Cirelli got Tampa Bay on the board first with his third goal of the year late in the period. Cirelli took advantage of failed St. Louis coverage in the crease and tapped a feed from Alex Killorn past Jordan Binnington to put the Bolts up 1-0.

However, that would pretty much be the Lightning's last highlight.

St. Louis dominated the final 40 minutes of play, outshooting the Lightning 27-10 over the last two periods. David Perron tied the game at one late in the second and Oskar Sundqvist finished off a behind-the-back feed from Robert Thomas in the third for the game-winner.

As evidenced by the lopsided shot totals, the Lightning couldn't manage to pressure Binnington even as they faced a deficit for the majority of third period. 

Jaden Schwartz scored an empty net goal with five seconds remaining to make the final score 3-1.

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That final score could have ended up a lot worse if it weren't for some key saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy that kept Tampa Bay in the game. 

Tampa Bay was also handed some bad news when Nikita Kucherov exited the game with an apparent injury. Kucherov headed straight to the dressing room after taking a hit from Brayden Schenn in the second period and did not return.

Next up for the Lightning is a trip to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Thursday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 16:36 Anthony Cirelli (3) - Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman

2nd Period
STL | 17:24 David Perron (9) - Colton Parayko, Ryan O'Reilly

3rd Period
STL | 6:16 Oskar Sundqvist (4) - Robert Thomas
STL | 19:55 Jaden Schwartz (5) - Brayden Schenn - EN

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