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Tampa Bay Lightning weekly report


The Lightning got off to a good start on Thursday night with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.


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Steven Stamkos scored twice and Martin St. Louis got a goal in his fifth straight game, and Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanquay joined the party, too, as the bolts won the eighth game in the past 11 at home.


Antero Niittymaki stopped 34 of 36 shots as the Islanders fell for the sixth straight time.


Stamkos opened up scoring at 14:15 in the first period on a power play with a slap shot from the left circle. The Islanders tied the score over a minute later, and then the Islanders went ahead 2-1 to open the second period.


But then St. Louis and Lecavalier netted goals just 36 seconds apart to put the Lightning on top. In the third period, Stamkos added another goal, and Tanquay put the puck into an empty net to seal it.


On Saturday, the Lightning broke a 1-1 tie in overtime for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.


Calgary jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but then Antero Niittymaki held the Flames. All told, he stopped 25 of 26 shots to help the Bolts.


Steven Stamkos scored just one minute into the third period to tie the score at 1-1, and then Andrej Meszaros took a pass from Steve Downie to net the winner 1:58 into the overtime period as the Lightning won their third straight.


On Tuesday, the Lightning continued their winning ways with their fourth straight victory, a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.


Martin St. Louis scored twice in the third period, and Steven Stamkos had a goal as the Bolts won four in a row for the first time since November 2007.


Antero Niittymaki stopped 39 shots as he continued to shine in goal for the Lightning.


Stamkos scored in the first period on a power play with a shot from the left circle. The Canucks evened the score with just six seconds left in the second period.


But in the third period, St. Louis netted a shot to open the third period and again at 15:40 in the final frame for the win. An apparent goal by Vincent Lecavalier was negated, though.


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