Stl 2 3 1 6
TB 0 2 1 3
Date of game: 2/12/2015

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis

Tampa, FL ( - Alex Steen recorded a goal and two assists in an impressive 6-3 victory for the St. Louis Blues over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

David Backes and T.J. Oshie notched a goal and an assist in the 693rd career triumph for Ken Hitchcock, which moved the Blues head coach past Dick Irvin and into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

"They really took it to us in our building, so we knew we needed a great performance to have a chance tonight," said Backes. "We got that from a lot of guys."

Dmitrij Jaskin, Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored to keep St. Louis surging, with the club now 14-2-1 since Jan. 3. Brian Elliott did his part as well by coming up with 26 saves.

The Lightning entered Thursday's clash atop the Eastern Conference and 11-1-0 in their last 12 home outings. They received goals from Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Brett Connolly, but goaltender Ben Bishop was yanked after two periods for surrendering five goals on 34 shots.

"It's the effort," said Stamkos. "We have the skill and the talent that is going to put us over the top. It's just the details. And we weren't prepared for that at the beginning of the game."

St. Louis dominated play right from the outset, producing a 17-6 shot advantage for the first period and building a 2-0 lead less than five minutes in.

Steen set up the initial goal by causing a turnover in the neutral zone and sending an on-target pass for Oshie to put home with 1:50 elapsed. He had a hand in the second as well, splitting the Lightning defense with a crisp outlet feed to start a power-play breakaway that Jaskin finished with a wrister through Bishop's legs at the 4:47 mark.

Johnson's power-play tally 8:03 into the second period pulled Tampa Bay within one, but the Blues answered with three goals within a stretch of 3:08 later in the frame to go up comfortably.

Backes bumped Stamkos off the puck in the Tampa zone and sent it towards the net for Steen to redirect in for a 3-1 lead 7:45 prior to the second intermission. Less than two minutes later, Oshie won a race for a puck dumped into the Lightning end, then fed Backes for a successful riser with a beautiful no-look, between-the-legs give.

Stastny made it 5-1 by depositing the rebound of Patrik Berglund's close-range attempt into a wide-open net with 4:37 to go in the period.

Connolly gave the Lightning a brief lift by beating Elliott stick-side in space with 2:32 remaining in the second, and Tampa Bay carried the momentum into the third.

The Lightning cut the lead to 5-3 on Stamkos' 29th goal of the season, a tip- in of an Alex Killorn pass with 6:31 played in the final period.

Tampa Bay generated few chances the rest of the way, however, before Tarasenko sealed the outcome with an empty-net score with 1:05 left on the clock.

Game Notes

The clubs squared off in St. Louis nine days ago, with the Blues posting a 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 3 ... St. Louis is now an NHL-best 16-4-2 in interconference games ... The Blues improved to 18-4-2 this season when tallying at least one power-play goal ... Anton Stralman finished with two assists for Tampa Bay ... Lightning forward Cedric Paquette missed a second straight game due to an upper-body injury.

Montana State wraps up spring campaign

Quarterback Dakota Prukop faced relentless pressure from the defense in Montana State's spring football game on Saturday, but he had plenty of answers for the pass rushers.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Angels activate Richards from DL to start vs. Astros

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated pitcher Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list to start in Sunday's rubber match against the Houston Astros.

Senators bench Hammond for Anderson

The Ottawa Senators have decided to make a goaltender change for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Montreal, as Craig Anderson will get the start Sunday night instead of Andrew Hammond after the Canadiens won the first two games at home.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.