The late-season version of the Tampa Bay Lightning resembles that of a boxer who has taken blow after blow only to maintain enough balance and composure to remain standing and deliver some counterpunches. Left for all but down and out following a blowout loss the day before, Tampa Bay rebounded Sunday to defeat playoff-bound New Jersey 4-3 at Prudential Center to stay in the playoff conversation, six points behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Marty St. Louis registered his second hat trick of the season and sixth of his career while adding an assist to cap a four-point effort. Teddy Purcell picked up three assists to tie a career high and increase his scoring streak to six games, while Steven Stamkos notched two assists for 75 points on the season, three behind league-leader Evgeni Malkin. Goaltender Mathieu Garon made 19 saves to help stave off a New Jersey rally aided by two late power-play chances and preserve the victory.
Lightning beat Devils behind St. Louis' hat trick
Tampa Tribune | Feb 27