- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Martin St. Louis scored with 1:56 left in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

St. Louis got a pass from rookie Steven Stamkos, broke to his right, and wristed a shot past Steve Mason. St. Louis fell and slid into the boards after the goal, and was mobbed by his teammates.

St. Louis has six goals and eight assists in a nine-game point streak for Tampa Bay, which ended a six-game home skid.

Columbus, which is closing in on its first postseason berth in the franchise’s ninth season, had dominated against Eastern Conference, compiling a 13-3-1 record and a 5-0 mark against the Southeast Division.

Jan Hejda put the Blue Jackets ahead 1-0 at 4:21 in the third but the Lightning tied it midway through the period on Ryan Malone’s 25th goal of the season.



Tampa Bay had just seven shots after two periods and finished with 17.

Mike McKenna, playing in just his 11th game this season, made 33 saves for the Lightning. Mason finished with 15 stops for Columbus.

Stamkos also extended his point streak to six games, in which he has four goals and four assists.

Notes: Stamkos has four goals and four assists in a six-game point streak. … Columbus LW Fredrik Modin (knee) has missed the last eight games and 16 of 17.

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