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Malone's shootout goal lifts Lightning over Blue Jackets

Jan 19, 2011 - 4:29 AM
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Malone scored the lone goal in the fourth round of the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning posted a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After the first six shootout participants failed to light the lamp, Malone beat Mathieu Garon on the glove side with a wrist shot. Dwayne Roloson turned away Columbus' Antoine Vermette to assure the extra point for Tampa Bay and his 200th career win.

Steven Stamkos pumped in his league-leading 34th and 35th goals of the season for the Lightning, who have won eight of their last 10 games at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Roloson made 28 saves for Tampa Bay, which leads the Southeast Division by one point over Washington.

R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped seven of their last eight games. Garon stopped 20 shots.

Despite the outcome, Columbus head coach Scott Arniel was pleased with the way his team performed.

"I liked the way we played," Arniel said. "We came off that weekend series against Detroit and I just thought we backed it up with a solid effort."

Umberger gave Columbus a 1-0 lead 7:34 into the contest, but Stamkos fired a wrister from the right circle past Garon to pull Tampa Bay even with 2:08 remaining in the first period.

Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with his 15th power-play goal of the season, one-timing Martin St. Louis' pass in off Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot at 14:24 of the middle frame.

Brassard responded 52 seconds later, putting home a rebound after Rick Nash's bid clanged off the post.

"I think that second (Columbus) goal, because we lost the last two games and we lost three out of four, it put us off a little bit in our drive for the third period. Not that the guys weren't trying to go, but they were extremely careful," said Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier played in his 900th career NHL game...Columbus has lost six straight on the road.