Three-Game Win Streak Ends As The Lightning Fall To St. Louis

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli scores on St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during the second period Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

TAMPA — For the second time in a little more than a week the Lightning and Blues faced off against each other.

For the second time in a little more than a week the Lightning lost to the Blues.

A 4-3 setback Wednesday night at Amalie Arena halted a three-game win streak that started after the Tampa Bay lost to St. Louis, 3-1, last Tuesday night.

“That was a pretty good hockey game,” said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper of what was a very entertaining game. “That was two good teams going at it. I was happy with a lot of the things that we did.” 

The difference came in the third period when the defending Stanley Cup champs scored twice in a 2:46 span to take a 4-2 lead. After Zach Sanford put the Blues up 3-2 at 8:21, penalties on Alex Killorn (slashing) and Yanni Gourde (tripping) 16 seconds apart set up St. Louis on a five-on-three advantage.

While the Lightning killed the two-man portion of the disadvantage, five seconds after Killorn got out of the penalty box Brayden Schenn scored from low in the right-wing circle after Andrei Vasilevskiy stoned David Perron on a pair of left circle blasts.

“We killed off the five-on-three and Vasy stood tall,” said Cooper, who had to do without Steven Stamkos (lower-body injury) for a third straight game. “When you kill a five-on-three for 1:44, that’s a long time to kill. We almost got through (the entire PK).”

Tampa Bay came within 4-3 on Brayden Point’s powerplay goal at 14:23, mere seconds after Vasilevskiy thwarted Tyler Bozak’s shorthanded attempt at the other end.

With Vasilevskiy pulled for an extra attacker, the Lightning buzzed around Binnington looking for the equalizer. Alas, the goaltender, who stood on his head as a rookie in leading St. Louis to the Cup last season, stood tall.

“We had our chances and most of them were in tight,” said Cooper. “Tip your hat to their goaltender. He made some big saves. They got one more. It’s tough.” 

Nikita Kucherov had a three-point night on a goal and a pair of assists. He opened the scoring at 3:53 of the second period when his wrister from the high slot deflected off Sanford and past Binnington.

St. Louis responded with a pair of goals, one shorthanded, from Oskar Lundqvist 3:09 apart to take a 2-1 lead. Anthony Cirelli tied it at 2-2 at 11:39 to set the stage for the third period.

With the loss, the Lightning dropped to 12-8-2. They take the ice again on Friday at Washington (5 p.m.) and return home to host Carolina on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

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