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Colorado at Tampa Bay

Lightning 6, Avalanche 5

CBSSports.com wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher was pleased that his team bounced back from an embarrassing loss at Boston, even if the ending was a little rough.

Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists, leading the Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

St. Louis, Mattias Ritola and Gagne scored in the second period to give Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage. The first two came 52 seconds apart, less than three minutes in.

Paul Stastny, Brandon Yip, Milan Hejduk, Philippe Dupuis and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado.

Stastny's 10th of the season 1:24 into the third got the Avalanche within one but Ryan Malone picked up his seventh goal for Tampa Bay and helped set up Sean Bergenheim to make it 6-3 with 4:05 left.

Colorado pulled within one again on goals by Yip at the 17:49 mark and Hejduk barely a minute later, but the rally stalled. Both teams missed scoring opportunities with the Colorado net unmanned.

"That was a big letdown," Boucher said. "We score some goals and especially when we're two or three goals ahead, we have a tendency to change things. We want to mature as a team."

Tampa Bay, which lost 8-1 to the Bruins on Thursday night, had dropped six consecutive games against Colorado.

"We were resilient right up until the end of the game," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "Overall, for 60 minutes, we need to play better. There is no question about that. That is not good enough against that team tonight."

The Lightning got off to a fast start behind Nate Thompson, who beat goalkeeper Peter Budaj for the first goal of the game at 7:14 in the first.

Philippe Dupuis responded for Colorado, tying it at 1 with 4:07 left in the first.

Budaj finished with 33 saves. Dan Ellis had 19 stops for Tampa Bay.

Colorado managed only five shots in the first period, failing to get one on net until left wing Greg Mauldin attempted a wraparound with 8:37 to go.


Lightning D Victor Hedman reached 100 career NHL games. St. Louis is one shy of 800. ... Avalanche RW Milan Hejduk had two assists, extending his points streak to seven games. ... Scratches included LW David Koci and D Ryan Wilson for Colorado, and RW Steve Downie and D Matt Smaby for Tampa Bay. ... The Lightning improved to 7-2-2 at home. ... Tampa Bay is 11-0-0 on its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

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Colorado (13-10-2)1135
Tampa Bay  (15-9-3) «1326
Three Stars
S. Gagne

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. St. Louis

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
V. Hedman

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
07:14 - Nate Thompson (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hall, Hedman
15:53 - Philippe Dupuis (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hunwick
01:52 - Martin St. Louis (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gagne, Ohlund
02:44 - Mattias Ritola (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Harju, Tyrell
07:18 - Matt Duchene (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Fleischmann, Liles
11:07Power Play - Simon Gagne (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Purcell
01:24 - Paul Stastny (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Shattenkirk, Hejduk
09:06Power Play - Ryan Malone (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gagne, St. Louis
15:55 - Sean Bergenheim (5), Tip-In. Assist: Lundin, Malone
17:49Power Play - Brandon Yip (6), Tip-In. Assist: Winnik, Duchene
18:54 - Kevin Shattenkirk (5), Tip-In. Assist: Fleischmann, Hejduk
Penalty Summary
04:44Quincey, 2 min, Roughing
12:12O'Byrne, 2 min, Roughing
17:22Hedman, 2 min, Tripping
18:53Kubina, 2 min, Cross-Checking
09:34Winnik, 2 min, Holding
10:28Quincey, 2 min, Slashing
16:59Dupuis, 2 min, Tripping
08:04Quincey, 2 min, Roughing
09:06Liles, 10 min, Game Misconduct
09:21Hall, 2 min, Interference
16:24Stamkos, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Peter Budaj58:28336
Dan Ellis59:59195
Game Information
Attendance - 18212
Referees - Wes McCauley, Chris Ciamaga
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Jonny Murray
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