The league’s best teams tend to bring out the best in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay did it once again, knocking off one of the top teams in the Western Conference, handing St. Louis a 4-2 loss in front of an announced crowd of 18.885 at The Forum. The loss was the first this season on the road for St. Louis and just its second in regulation this season. Alex Killorn, Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos and Brett Connolly all scored for Tampa Bay while former Blues draft pick Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots. Killorn added a pair of assists for a career-high three points. Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis while Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves. Tampa Bay improved to 10-4 on the season, which marks the fastest the Lightning have reached the 10-victory mark in franchise history. After killing off an early Blues power play, Tampa Bay fell behind on a seeing-eye point shot off the stick of Pietrangelo from 60-feet out along the boards that beat Bishop to the top far post 7:50 into the game. The Lightning answered, however, less than three minutes later when Killorn found the puck on his stick in the high slot and after he had his initial shot blocked by Pietrangelo, Killorn regained the puck and fired it through the pads of Halak at 10:44 for his fourth of the season, and second in as many nights. The even strength goal was the first allowed by the Blues in a span of 225 minutes, 55 seconds. Bishop came up with his biggest stop of the night late in the first when Chris Stewart blocked a Radko Gudas shot from the center point, allowing Stewart to rush up ice on a breakaway. But Bishop was able to close down the five hole to keep the game tied with 1:19 left in the first period. Tampa Bay came out charging in the second period and looked to have the lead when Stamkos picked the puck off the stick of Halak behind the net and fed Brett Connolly at the top of the crease. But Halak came flying around to get his pad on the puck 1:28 into the period. The Lightning came right back down, however, with Killorn finding Stamkos to spring a 2-on-1. Stamkos waited patiently before toe-dragging the puck around a sliding Blues defender before ripping a wrist shot past Halak for a 2-1 lead 1:43 into the second period.
Lightning stay hot, handle first-place Blues, 4-2
Tampa Tribune | Nov 3