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Tampa Bay Lightning resemble their old selves in victory over Carolina

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Now, that’s the Tampa Bay Lightning you remember.

Fast. Skilled. Gathered in front of the net to celebrate another goal.

You know. Those guys.

After a scoring drought in which the team scored only two goals in a four-game losing streak, the Bolts broke out against Carolina. It finished 4-3, but only because the Hurricanes scored two goals in the final minutes.

Goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy made his first start of the season for the Lighting and stopped 32 shots in his first victory.

Still, playing on the road in the afternoon following a night game at home can be tough, and coach Jon Cooper admitted he thought his team might be “stale” after trailing 1-0 after one period.

But Ryan Callahan scored to tie things 38 seconds in the second period, and Steven Stamkos put the team ahead with a long shot on the power play.

J.T. Brown scored in the third, and then Tyler Johnson got his first goal of the season with a top-shelf shot.

The Lightning plays in Detroit Tuesday 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

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