St. Louis Blues Derek Roy knocks down Tampa Bay Lightning Valtteri Filppula of Finland to get the puck in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 4, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues goaltender Ryan Miller keeps an eye on the action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 4, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Steve Ott (29) gets turned around by Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 4, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop knocks the puck away with his glove on a shot by St. Louis Blues Brenden Morrow in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 4, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
T.J. Oshie’s short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen’s 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games and Vladimir Tarasenko’s empty-net score cinched it with a half-minute to go. Click here to watch goal
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson gave Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis native and former Blue, an early cushion against an opponent that’s had to come from behind in all four games since the Olympic break.
Miller made his second career appearance in St. Louis and faced just 17 shots against a team playing on the road for the eighth time in 10 games. He made a nice glove save on Martin St. Louis with just under two minutes to play.
The Blues have rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 the last two games, also doing it at Phoenix on Sunday. They’re 19-4-2 against the Eastern Conference, including 11-0-1 at home.
Oshie slipped past St. Louis in front of the net and then beat Bishop with a backhander for the Blues’ third short-handed goal of the season at the midpoint of David Backes’ minor slashing penalty. Backes dropped his gloves preparing to fight after trading hacks with Victor Hedman. But Hedman backed off and the Blues captain was cordoned off by a linesman before skating off in anger. Hedman threw his helmet down the corridor to the locker room, and didn’t play the rest of the period.
Killorn capitalized on a giveaway by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the St. Louis zone for his 15th goal. Johnson scored on a power play for his 18th of the season and first in eight games with Brenden Morrow off for high-sticking at 14:49.
Notes: The Lightning play the next six games at home starting with Thursday against Buffalo. ... Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula returned after missing four games with a non-displaced right ankle fracture. ... Steen earned his 200th career assist on Oshie’s short-handed goal. ... The Blues are 23-5-3 at home but fell about a thousand shy of a sellout. ... The Blues have scored three or more goals in their last 10 meetings against Tampa Bay, going 8-2.