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Elliott, Blues hang on against Lightning

Tampa Bay's nine-game home winning streak stopped

by Corey Long / Correspondent

Berglund's late goal

STL@TBL: Berglund increases the lead

2/14/16: Patrik Berglund skates in on a breakaway, takes a wrist shot and banks the rebound off his skate past Brian Elliott for the 2-0 lead

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TAMPA -- Brian Elliott made 37 saves and Patrik Berglund's late goal ended up being the game-winner when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at Amalie Arena on Sunday. 

Berglund's goal at 17:41 in the third period came on a breakaway. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made a save on the first shot but the loose puck hit Berglund's skate and got past Bishop. The referee waived the goal off but the call was reversed on the video review, giving the Blues a 2-0 lead.

"I put on the brakes and it bounced and it went in," Berglund said. I didn't have my hopes up because I looked at the ref and he didn't confirm the goal and that was that. Then they reviewed it, I thought it was a good goal and I'll take it and move on." 

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was surprised the call was overturned. 

"I thought [there] was zero chance of that being turned over," Cooper said. "The refs are sitting there trying to interpret the call. My interpretation is that was as clear a kick as possible. He kicked it." 

Nikita Kucherov scored his team-leading 23rd goal with 52 seconds remaining and Bishop pulled for an extra attacker to make it a 2-1 game. It came when he sent back a rebound off a shot from Tyler Johnson.

Video: STL@TBL: Kucherov gets the Lightning on the board

Bishop had 19 saves for the Lightning (30-21-4), who had their nine-game home winning streak end. 

"There were a lot of good things we can take out of this game," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "This isn't a game you completely throw away. We created a lot of good things out there. It's not the result we wanted at this point of season but we did some positive things out there." 

The Lightning had chances earlier in the third period but Elliott made saves on shots from defenseman Braydon Coburn and forward Alex Killorn from close range. 

Elliott said the defense kept him free from many other potential scoring opportunities. 

"We got some big boys back there so we were able to get body position and they didn't really have many shooting lanes or passing lanes," Elliott said. "[Joel Edmundson] was a beast back there. He had a big hit and I thought it got our team going in the second."

Video: STL@TBL: Fabbri opens the scoring on a breakaway

Robby Fabbri scored his 13th goal 36 seconds into the second period on a breakaway, beating Bishop with a backhand shot to the glove side. Paul Stastny made the pass that got Fabbri off to the breakaway. 

St. Louis (32-17-9) improved to 3-0-1 in its past four games. 

"I thought the second period was our best period by far," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. "We had a lot of odd-man rushes and scoring chances off of turnovers out of our zone. This defense has really rallied around missing [Alex Pietrangelo], it looks like we found some rhythm. We're starting to really play well and we have to keep playing well."

Video: Blues edge Lightning

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