Tampa Bay Lightning douse Calgary Flames 6-3 at Amalie Arena

The goals game back.

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In seven games since the All-Star break, The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost in regulation just once, and on Tuesday, the boys found themselves back at home and back in blue for a contest against the NHL’s third best team, the Calgary Flames. Much like the Bolts’ January 19 home victory against the San Jose Sharks, Tuesday’s matchup marked the second and last meeting between sides until a potential Stanley Cup matchup come summertime. Despite being separated by 12 points (86-74, Lightning), the 6-3 trouncing found the Flames completely outplayed by a Lightning squad that has turned the faucet back on its goal spigot.

The Lightning’s Ryan Callahan, per usual, was throwing his body around from the get go, and his efforts paid off when he drew a holding penalty on Calgary defenseman Oliver Kylington. The Bolts special teams made the Flames pay when Brayden Point hammered a Nikita Kucherov assist home to put the Lightning up 1-0 with eight minutes left. With the helper, Kucherov tied a career high with 61 assists in the season. The Russian let Cedric Paquette slip a one-timer past Flames goalie David Rittich to make it 2-0 Bolts just four minutes later, and then scored a goal of his own to make it 3-0 with with 2:24 left in the frame. A pair of penalties to Paquette and Bolts center Alex Killorn led to a late-period 5-on-3, which proved to be too much for the Tampa penalty kill, which gave up a goal, sending the Lightning into the locker room up 3-1.

Calgary looked to make it a game nine minutes into the second after Sean Monahan beat Andrei Vasilevsky glove side to bring the Flames deficit to 3-2, but Anthony Cirelli made it 4-2 Bolts with his 11th goal of the season less than one minute later. Yanni Lightning center Yanni Gourde then proceeded to tip a Braydon Coburn shot past Rittich to make it 5-2 with just under four minutes left in the second. This marked the third consecutive game where the Bolts scored at least five goals, and the dominant second period spilled into the third when Steven Stamkos sent a signature slapshot past Rittich for his 30th goal of the season and the Lightning’s sixth of the game.

The Lightning take home ice again on Valentine’s Day when Amalie Arena plays host to the Dallas Stars for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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