NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at St. Louis
(Friday, December 18th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, St. Louis 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jeff Halpern and Steven Stamkos both scored twice as Tampa Bay halted a six-game losing streak by upending St. Louis, 6-3, at Scottrade Center.
Martin St. Louis added a goal and two assists while Kurtis Foster also tallied for the Lightning, who hadn't won since December 5 and posted their first road victory since November 22 at Atlanta.
"It's a step in the right direction," Halpern said. "We have a long way to go. It's fun to win, it's just whether we can do it consistently now."
Antero Niittymaki stopped 23 shots for the win.
Brad Winchester, T.J. Oshie and Keith Tkachuk lit the lamp for the Blues, who have dropped three of four.
Chris Mason was tagged for five goals on 23 shots in the setback.
"They have some really good offensive players, but my job is to stop the puck regardless of what the situation is," Mason said. "I can definitely get better."
Oshie's goal at the 3:58 mark of the third period got the Blues back within a goal at 3-2, but a defensive breakdown on the following shift led to Halpern tucking a loose puck into a half-open net just 14 seconds later.
Tkachuk tallied for a 4-3 game at 9:03, but Halpern struck once more just over two minutes later to restore the two-goal edge for the Lightning.
Stamkos then put the clincher into the empty net with just under a minute left in regulation.
Winchester gave the Blues an early lead as he skated down the right wing, cut towards the slot and slipped the puck through Niittymaki's pads just past the midway point of the first period.
St. Louis equalized for the Bolts only 33 seconds later, and Stamkos gave Tampa a 2-1 edge 36 seconds into the second period. Foster provided a 3-1 Bolts lead at 6:24 and Tampa protected the edge to intermission.
Tampa Bay has won three of the last four meetings, as well as the last two matchups in St. Louis...Vincent Lecavalier, Alex Tanguay and Ryan Malone each posted a pair of assists for the Lightning...Paul Kariya and David Backes added two helpers each for the Blues.
12/19 00:47:17 ET