Marty St. Louis skated down right wing, cut toward the net, then spun himself around before stopping in his tracks and lifting a backhander into the net to the roar of a sold-out Forum on Wednesday night. The goal itself won't count on his stats and will be a blip on the radar in the box score compared to the one he scored earlier in the game. But to the Lightning, it meant as much as any goal he might score at any point this season as his shootout conversion lifted Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped the previous night. The victory snapped a four-game winless stretch for Tampa Bay and kept the Lightning within two points of the Washington Capitals for the Southeast Division lead. It also marked the first time since Feb. 23 that the Lightning scored more than two goals. Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots and all three Chicago shooters in the shootout to pick up the victory, while Steven Stamkos matched St. Louis with a goal and an assist. Teddy Purcell also scored for Tampa Bay, which led 3-1 at one point. St. Louis rescued the victory for the Lightning by doing something he had never tried until Wednesday morning, racing back out to the ice following a team meeting, sans jersey, to practice the move on goaltender Mike Smith before the morning skate ended. "I guess it's like a chef coming up with a recipe. Sometimes you experiment,'' St. Louis joked. But in all seriousness, St. Louis mentioned after the All-Star game skills competition, in which he scored twice during the elimination competition, that perhaps he needed to be more loose and just try to be creative, as he's done in the past with his move where he backs in and lifts a shot over the goaltender. Wednesday's move was a bit of a hybrid of that approach.
St. Louis lifts Bolts past Chicago in shootout
Tampa Tribune | Mar 10