Martin St. Louis, Lightning top Stars 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Being the subject of trade rumors has not slowed down Martin St. Louis.

St. Louis scored two goals for the second consecutive game to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon.

The Lightning had lost five of their previous seven games, including a 3-2 loss to Nashville Thursday.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said he wasn't thinking about that game when Dallas cut a 3-0 second-period deficit to 3-2. The Lightning won despite being outshot 41-21.

"Clearly we were under siege for the second half of that second period, but I thought our goalie stood tall. Guys committed to blocking shots and kept pucks out."

The 38-year-old St. Louis has been the subject of trade rumors, but with the Lightning fourth in the NHL's Eastern Conference, they might not want to send away their scoring leader.

"That kid comes to play, and that's what you want in a player," Cooper said. "And all this speculation of him being moved or asking for a trade, that doesn't come into one spot of our locker room of trying to win a hockey game.

"We needed four goals to win tonight, and he had two of them. You need that from one of your go-to guys."

Nate Thompson and Sami Salo also scored for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat each had two assists.

Goalie Ben Bishop cooled off Dallas by making 39 saves for his 29th win.

Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler each had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

"He's a big man," Fiddler said of the 6-foot-7 Bishop. "He covers a lot of the net. He made some big saves."

The four goals allowed by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen were his most in 12 games, since a 4-3 loss to Colorado Jan. 27. He made 17 saves.

The Stars, who had been 7-1-2 in their previous 10 games, remained eighth in the Western Conference.

St. Louis scored just 1:25 into the game. Eric Brewer sent a shot from the slot wide right, but the puck hit St. Louis' left leg and deflected into the near side of the net past Lehtonen.

The Lightning had another chance on a 2-on-1 rush 7 minutes later, but Lehtonen deflected Ryan Malone's shot away into the left corner.

At 12:09, Thompson gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead by deflecting Hedman's drive from the left point over Lehtonen's left shoulder. That was the seventh shot on goal, equaling the Lightning's total for the final two periods in Thursday's loss to Nashville.

Hedman earned his 100th career assist.

"They got a break on the first two," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "One was off the side of St. Louis, and the next shot was about 4 or 5 feet high and probably going wide, but they got a stick on it."