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Lightning gets two goals from Eric Condra in big win over Detroit

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The Tampa Bay Lightning played as if it is running short of time. Which, in a way, it is.

Entering its final 10 games, the Lightning clobbered the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, 6-2, in one of its easiest wins of the year.

“We have 10 games left, and we’re not going to waste any of them,” said reserve Eric Condra.

In fact, it was Condra who led the way for Tampa Bay, scoring twice. That’s not bad when you consider that Condra had scored only three times all year coming into the game. Condra has been the only newcomer to the Lightning this year, and as such, has sat out 28 times. That’s a vexing position to be in.

But Condra scored twice – coach Jon Cooper said it could have been five times – and led the Lightning to one of its highest-scoring victories of the year. Vlad Namestikov, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat also scored. For the night, the Lightning scored the first three goals of the game and the last three.

Tampa Bay held a 3-0 lead against the Red Wings, but then surrendered two goals. This time, unlike against Dallas, the team did not panic and pulled back ahead on a five-on-three power play.

Goaltender Ben Bishop won his 31st game of the year, stopping 23 of 25 shots.

“It’s tough when you aren’t always in,” Condra said. “You can play well, but the next night, someone else is in there. This is how I want to play.”

The Bolts plays the Islanders on Friday night.

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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