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First-ever penalty shot by Cedric Paquette leads Lightning

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So this is what a penalty shot is like, huh?

You take the puck, and you skate toward the goalie. You give a quick move and then lift the puck to the top shelf. Bingo. And just like that, you’ve scored.

Forgive Cedric Paquette for not understanding any of this. According to Paquette, he made the first penalty shot, well, ever in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-1 victory over Arizona Tuesday, stretching the Lightning’s winning streak to four straight games.

Paquette, who has been injured for most of the season, scored only his fourth goal with only 4.7 seconds left in the second period to lead the Lightning to its win.

“I don’t have many moves,” Paquette said. “I got one in my mind. I thought the goaltender bit on it.”

Earlier in the game, Steven Stamkos had scored for the fourth straight game. His tap-in goal midway through the first period was his 26th of the season.

“I’m just trying to get into the areas to score,” Stamkos said. “Tonight was another tap-in, but they all count. I’m happy to keep producing in a win.

“We’re getting there. It’s a work in progress. We’re not playing our best yet, but it’s encouraging we’re winning when we’re not playing our best.”

Told it was the first-ever penalty shot by Paquette, coach Jon Cooper smiled.

“It didn’t look like it,” he said. “He was poised and waited for the right moment.”

The Lightning plays at New Jersey Friday night and at Boston on Sunday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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