Monday, January 5, 2009

Bolts Win the Battle of the Worst in SE Division

By JC De La Torre

It's been two years since the Tampa Bay Lightning won a game in Atlanta. That changed Sunday when the Lightning got two goals from Martin St. Louis and Goalie Mike Smith came within 21 seconds of a shutout in route to a 4-1 thrashing of Atlanta. The victory allowed Tampa Bay to hop the Thrashers and get out of the cellar in the Southeast division.

The Lightning jumped on Atlanta quickly, getting a power play goal from Steve Eminger at the 2:41 mark of the first period to open the scoring. Tampa Bay dominated play in the 1st, out shooting the Thrashers 13-7 during the opening stanza. St. Louis made it 2-0 midway through the second when Vincent Lecavalier fooled Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen with a fake shot, passed to St. Louis who deposited it in the opening net. St. Louis made it 3-0 on the power play a minute into the 3rd period and Ryan Malone would add another goal late in the game to make it 4-0. Atlanta's Erik Christensen spoiled Mike Smith's bid for a shutout with 21 seconds left, scoring on a rebound during a scrum in front of the net.

The Lightning notch their 11th victory of the season and will enjoy a four day rest before heading out to the west coast for a four game swing.

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