TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Martin St. Louis was hoping for an offensive breakout. He
didn't expect anything like this.
St. Louis scored two of the Lightning's team-record three short-handed goals
and assisted on the third to help them beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 Saturday
Tampa Bay had managed only three goals in its last three games combined, and
has gone scoreless in its last 18 power plays.
"We're going to take it any way they come right now," said St. Louis, who
has five goals -- three short-handed -- in his last five games. "They're tough
to come (by) as of late. You might see three power-play goals, but it hasn't
been that way for us."
St. Louis became the first player with three short-handed points since Nov.
18, 2000, when Marian Hossa and Radek Bonk each did it for Ottawa against
Florida. The NHL record is four, set by Keith Tkachuk on April 7, 1995, for
Winnipeg against Vancouver.
"We try to kill penalties aggressively," Lightning coach John Tortorella
said. "We try to get down the ice. There were some opportunities that we had
the puck with some ice. We scored some important goals."
Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards also scored to help the Lightning snap
a five-game home winless streak and win for only the second time in nine games.
Former Lightning left wing Rob Zamuner and Glen Murray scored for Boston,
winless in its last six games and 1-6-4-1 in its last 12.
Lecavalier, who had only two goals in his previous 17 games, opened the
scoring off a rebound with 1:55 left in the first period.
Boston nearly tied it late in the period, but Travis Green's point-blank
wrister from the slot was gloved by Lightning goalie John Grahame, who finished
with 17 saves.
St. Louis then scored twice in an 11-minute span of the second period,
giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. His slap shot from outside the left circle got
through a crowd and beat Raycroft at 5:28, and he scored on a breakaway at
"The power play didn't get it done," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said.
"Not only did we not get it done, but it cost our team on the other end. We
knew this team tries to score while killing penalties. They cheat on the
penalty kill and we couldn't exploit it. We didn't come back with the urgency
that we needed."
Zamuner scored his third goal of the season at 17:58 of the second and
Murray got his 12th at 1:32 of the third, but the Bruins managed only one other
shot in the next 15 minutes.
Richards' fifth goal of the season with 59 seconds left sealed the win for